Daily Raptor Dish - 23.03.10
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Ugly, but a win for Raps


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As reviews go, Hedo Turkoglu’s third-quarter assessment of the Raptors latest effort wasn’t particularly positive.
Midway through the quarter, Turkoglu was back on defence in front of his own bench as the Timberwolves made their way up court and clearly could be heard saying: “This ain’t even (bleeping) basketball.”
And it was ugly, make no mistake. But the 106-100 win did allow the Raptors to keep pace with Miami, which also won and is a game up on the Raps, and to maintain their 21/2 game lead on winners Chicago, which presently is in ninth spot in the Eastern Conference. Idle Charlotte now finds itself tied with the Raptors in seventh spot.
Initially it was thought Turkoglu’s comment was referring to the fact that the Raps were in a life-and-death battle just to stay ahead of the Wolves, a team that was it not for the New jersey Nets would be the laughing stock of the league. Turkoglu, though, said it was more a case of his teammates passing up shots that warranted his harsh criticism.
“It was an ugly game, man,” Turkoglu said. “We put ourselves in a difficult situation instead of playing easy and simple basketball. That’s what I was trying to tell my teammates. Especially with a team like (the Timberwolves). We can’t really mess around or take it easy because they can get hot like they did in the fourth quarter.”








Feschuk: Raptors nearly felled by lowly Timberwolves


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It certainly began poorly for the visitors. DeMar DeRozan missed his first five shots.
Turkoglu picked up two fouls in the game’s first six minutes. And Toronto shot just 40 per cent from the field in the first half, when it made just 2-of-7 from three-point range.
The visitors were afflicted by their not-atypical lack of aggression, too, failing to draw a foul until the game was more than 12 minutes old. They corrected that problem by game’s end, getting to the free-throw line 24 times to Minnesota’s 22 and playing to a tie for points in the paint, 36-36.
And when the visitors, who trailed 22-21 after that ugly first quarter, carved out a 46-45 lead at halftime, they did it in part by pushing the pace after forcing turnovers. In one sequence that enlivened the otherwise sedate visitors’ bench, Turkoglu made a steal and fed Jarrett Jack for a breakaway dunk; that Jack threw it down, when he’s more of a layup man, had the Raptors on their feet and hooting their approval.
“We started playing the right way and turning things around and getting a win,” said Turkoglu.
The Raptors, as it turned out, made it to the morning shootaround without the aid of the mechanically challenged bus. The team disembarked and, although the arena is only a few blocks from their hotel, cabs were called.
Weems estimated the ride cost “about three dollars, but I don’t know. I didn’t pay.”
Weems, to clarify, didn’t jump the fare. The team paid for the cabs for the players. The coaches walked, which, come game time, was exactly what some of the players appeared to be doing on the defensive end as the Timberwolves shot 61 per cent in the fourth quarter while keeping it close.
“Just play defence, that’s all we’ve got to do,” said Weems. “I think some people just don’t buy into it. It’s just some people being lazy. Once we buy into it, we can be a great team.”









Raptors reign in Minnesota


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A narrow victory over the woeful Minnesota Timberwolves did little to satisfy the struggling Toronto Raptors.
What it did do was buy them just a little bit of time to try fixing what has been going wrong lately.
Chris Bosh had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help the sluggish Raptors hand the Timberwolves their 13th straight loss, 106-100 on Monday night.
Andrea Bargnani had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Raptors, who beat the Timberwolves for the 12th consecutive time to move into a tie with Charlotte for the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference.
“We’re not playing well and we think we’re starting to turn the corner a little bit where we have better focus,” coach Jay Triano said. “I don’t think we’re playing great basketball, but we’re starting to share it a little better.”







Raptors hand Minnesota its 13th-straight loss


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Chris Bosh had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help the sluggish Toronto Raptors hand the Minnesota Timberwolves their 13th-straight loss, 106-100 on Monday night.
Andrea Bargnani had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Raptors, who beat the Timberwolves for the 12th consecutive time to move into a tie with Charlotte for the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference.
Al Jefferson had 22 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost 19 of their last 20 games. They trailed 94-92 with 3:29 to play, but couldn't come up with any key stops down the stretch to end their skid.
Bosh broke his own franchise record with his 44th double-double of the season. It was also the 36th time this year he has had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, the most in the league.
After losing eight of their previous 10 games to fall to eighth in the East, the Raptors got a little two-game breather on the schedule with trips to New jersey and Minnesota, the two worst teams in the league.

IT WASN'T PRETTY, BUT TORONTO WILL TAKE IT




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There is no telling how, or even if, it will translate for the Toronto Raptors. However, the club did what it had to do over the last two games.
That is, the Raptors, at least for the moment, righted their wayward season by taking advantage of a break in the schedule.
Last night, that break was a road game against the woeful Minnesota Timberwolves. It was rarely pretty, but Toronto picked up a 106-100 win. That, paired with Saturday's victory over the even-worse New jersey Nets, puts Toronto back on the friendly side of .500.
The Raptors received the bulk of their punch from their two big men. Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani combined for 40 points on 16-for-30 shooting, grabbing 17 rebounds between them.
Hedo Turkoglu also made a few plays down the stretch, both for himself and his teammates. Sonny Weems added 13 points in 22 solid minutes.




For lack of a few crucial stops, Wolves lose 13th straight


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"You could look at it both ways," Flynn said after the Wolves' 13th consecutive loss, 106-100 to the mediocre-but-playoff-bound Toronto Raptors. "I like to stay positive, so I say it's encouraging."
Maybe that's a side effect of losing 35 games by double digits, because the Wolves' 12th consecutive loss to Toronto was excruciating in its inevitability. The Raptors frittered away a 12-point fourth-quarter lead by allowing Minnesota to score on 11 of its first 14 possessions in the period, and held a fragile 91-89 lead with four minutes to play.
But just when it appeared that Minnesota might pull out its first Target Center victory since Feb. 6, the defense vanished. Toronto ran a simple pick-and-roll at the top of the key, basketball's most basic play, on six consecutive possessions, and "our half-court defense just let us down," Wolves coach Kurt Rambis said of Toronto's slow-motion stretch drive. "We just couldn't find ways to get stops."
The Raptors effortlessly freed their shooters for open shots, and scored on five of six possessions, making the Wolves' frantic efforts to keep the Raptors within reach moot.
"We need one more stop and they hit a three. We needed one more stop and they hit a floater in the lane with the shot clock expiring," Flynn shrugged. "There have been a lot of scenarios this year where we couldn't get that one stop."




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