Daily Raptor Dish - 21.03.10
Old 03-21-2010, 10:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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“I just had opportunities,” Bosh said of his 36-point night. “That’s how I play basketball. If I feel I can provide a spark for my team, then I’m going to come out and do that. It worked out today.
“I give credit to my teammates. They stayed on me today. They encouraged me to shoot the basketball and just play hard.”
Bosh said he never goes looking for that type of thing from his teammates, but when it comes, he’s happy about it.
“Marcus (Banks), Jarrett (Jack) and Antoine (Wright), they were the main guys,” Bosh said of his rooting party.
“Before the game even started, they were on me about playing basketball. They made it fun. They were telling me what they wanted to see from me and what they wanted to do. Any time that happens, I look at it as a challenge. You don’t feel like you’re out there by yourself.”
According to Bosh, his merry band of motivators were asking for a 30-point night, something he hasn’t had since he returned from injury.
“I gave them six extra,” he said smiling.
Bosh, though, sounded like a guy trying to give the win its proper due. It was, after all, against the seven-win Nets



Tough tradeoff for Humphries


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Kris Humphries isn’t quite sure how to take it.
The former Raptor is playing more minutes in his NBA career than he ever has, but he is on a team that has a very good chance of finishing the season with fewer wins than any team in the history of the NBA.
“It’s hard to really compare the two,” Humphries said before his Nets took on the Raptors here on Saturday night. “You have to just go with the flow and know that if you’re in a situation where you’re not playing as much because you’re with a better team, you have to make the most of it. And if you’re not on as good a team and you’re playing more, you have to try to develop more. You just have to make the most of the situation. It’s hard to say whether you would prefer one way or the other.”
On the plus side for Humphries career is the fact that he is averaging 17:50 a night this season, up substantially from his previous career high of 13:20 a game two seasons ago in Toronto. Since arriving in New jersey via Dallas, Humphries is seeing an average of almost 211/2 minutes a night, which is more than his single game season high a year ago in Toronto.
The downside is the same one everyone playing in New jersey this year is experiencing. Seven wins for the entire season. The 1973 Philadelphia 76ers hold the distinction of having the worst single-season record in NBA history winning nine and losing 73 for a .110 winning percentage.
The Nets have 14 more games to win three and avoid knocking the Sixers aside or even sharing that dubious honour with them.
It’s what the season has become about for the Nets.
“Man, we’re just trying to get to 10,” Humphries said. “That’s it.”


BOSH DESERVES BREAK ON CHEER-GATE


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Everything Chris Bosh does and says is micro-analyzed to the point of sometimes having no point.
When Bosh didn’t respond to a standing ovation after he scored his 10,000th point as a Raptor, some took that as a snub.
But in a season which has to be difficult for him, trying to determine his future, trying to fend off all the rumours, making sure he doesn’t tip his hand, being party to this underperforming Raptors team, nodding to the crowd is hardly something the matters.
Bosh may not be LeBron James or even Kevin Durant, but you can’t argue with his deportment with the Raptors.
That has always been above board.






Feschuk: Thank goodness for the Nets


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As victories go, call it a painkiller. Beating the New jersey Nets, on pace to collect the worst record in NBA history, is hardly a cure for what ails the Raptors.
So while Toronto's hoopsters escaped the Meadowlands with a 100-90 win on Saturday night, the game wasn't so much a corner turned as more turmoil avoided.
"I would say it was a must-win for us – you drop a game like this, you lose the whole team's morale," said Antoine Wright, the Raptors forward. "I think we did a good job of understanding what was at stake here."
Coming off Friday's blowout home loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, wherein the Raptors were manhandled in the paint, Toronto didn't exactly blow the Nets out of the Izod Center. Toronto trailed the league's basement dwellers 51-48 at halftime before a second-half surge won it for them. But considering it was the Raptors' second win in their past eight games, it was a welcome respite from the loss column, and there were some positive signs for the visitors.
Chris Bosh played hard and played well, for one, and for his effort the Toronto all-star finished with a game-high 36 points, 15 of which came in a third quarter that saw the Raptors carve out their first double-digit lead of the game










Odd observations from Nets' 62nd Loss


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This seemed like a Saturday night when victory No. 8 might actually be possible, a conclusion I reached after watching the Oklahoma City Thunder steamroll the Toronto Raptors by 26 points on television the previous night.

The Nets hadn't played since Wednesday and had starters Devin Harris and Yi Jianlian back from injuries, while the Raptors were on the second night of a back-to-back and didn't arrive at their hotel until 2:30 a.m. What's more, the Raptors were staying in Manhattan, and the second team bus -- the one carrying the bulk of the players -- was delayed by Lincoln Tunnel traffic and arrived late at the arena.

And in a season in which victories come around about as often as full moons, you want to try to be there for the rare night when the Nets might come away with a W as the try to avoid surpassing the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers (9-73) for the worst record in NBA history.

At halftime, things looked promising: The Nets were ahead by three and the Raptors looked dead on their feet. But then Chris Bosh (36 points) took over, and the night ended in a 100-90 defeat that dropped New Jersey's record to 7-62.







Bosh has 36 points, Raptors hand Nets loss No. 62




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"The effort was definitely better, but we're still floating around that 42-minute mark, where we really need to get that effort for 48 minutes," said Nets guard Devin Harris, who scored 22 points in his return from a respiratory illness that sidelined him two games. "We played well in the first half, but in the third quarter they came out very aggressive. Bosh got going and it carried them through the game."
Coupled with Chicago's win over Philadelphia, the Raptors have a 2 1/2-game lead over Chicago in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
"It was good to get tonight because sometimes we've played to the level of our competition when we haven't been doing good," Evans said. "It was a win not to play to the level of our competition."
New jersey got within seven points a couple of times down the stretch but Bosh hit two free throws with 4:58 to go and Sonny Weems scored on a layup the other time for a 94-85 lead. Bosh iced the game with a big dunk seconds later.
"We're to the point where we need to win every game," Bosh said. "I wouldn't say we were facing a loss, that's pretty strong words. We had a good lead going to the fourth quarter and we sustained it. Give credit to everyone we played well, We just won a game we were supposed to win."




Game 69 Recap: Raptors 100, Nets 90


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Have they started doubling Chris Bosh yet?
OK, cheap shot. He’s hard to swarm when he’s making the catch on the elbow and facing up, but for crying out loud – did they have to wait until he was 14-for-25?
Death by rhetorical question.
“We’re really not a good rotation team, to where we can mix it up,” Devin Harris said of the Nets’ double schemes. “We have to have a set rotation to get their shooters covered, because they spread the floor pretty well. It makes it tough to double-team; they put him in spots where he’s hard to double, and when he doesn’t really put it on the floor.
“He does a lot of his work without really dribbling, with shots off jab steps and that kind of thing. It makes it hard.”
We felt for Brook Lopez tonight. He played his best game in weeks – at least in the effort area -- but Bosh rang him up for 36 points in 41 minutes.





Sunshine Girl - 21.03.10



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SUNshine Girl Julie is on a drill team for the Canadian Forces. She loves the army and says she's very outgoing and knows what she wants in life


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Old 03-21-2010, 11:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What the hell is the SSG wearing lol.
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Wow, RFG is hot!
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hehe, someone should tell the SSG that there is a bug on her eye-brow.
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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There's something about Kris Humphries being kinda glad to be getting more minutes on a historically bad team that makes me glad he's not here anymore. Guys like him make it hard to get the team to that next level. And obviously it's hard enough with guys like him gone.
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that article on espn is shocking, with all the factors going against the Raptors we still manage to win the game, unbelievable, even though its the nets,

johanna santos must be my dream girl,
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Old 03-21-2010, 08:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Antoine, Jack and MArcus telling Bosh to play hard. hmmmmmmmm.

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They encouraged me to shoot the basketball and just play hard.”
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what - 4 tits weren't enough?
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