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Acie 03-28-2010 11:38 AM

Daily Raptor Dish - 28.03.10


Bosh knows his game is suffering, here’s why ...


Chris Bosh doesn’t need to read the newspapers to know his game has changed. He lives it each and every night.
So when it’s mentioned that he has averaged just six free throw attempts in his past six games and had 19 turnovers over his past four, Bosh shakes his head knowingly.
On Saturday he explained why he thought his numbers weren’t quite up to their normal lofty levels.
“Coming back from an injury, it takes a little time, but this one has taken a little longer because they have thrown different packages at me,” Bosh said of the defensive treatment he has received since sitting out seven games with a wonky ankle.
“They’ve really been double teaming me aggressively, so my scoring isn’t going to be what it was. I understand that. I just have to keep the ball moving and cut my turnovers down.”
Bosh isn’t sure he can move the ball out of double teams any quicker than he already is, but he knows he has to be more precise when he does move it because he doesn’t see this trend ending any time soon.
“I was very surprised at how aggressive the coverages have been,” he said. “But everyone watches the games, so I won’t be surprised if I see that for the rest of the season.”

The Madness of the Final Four


Would any sane sports fan really prefer to watch the heartless, overpaid Toronto Raptors mail in another defeat during a seemingly never-ending 82-game season?
Or watch a couple of similarly over-compensated NHL teams hopelessly out of the playoffs, or comfortably in even, lazily go through the motions?
Isn’t it more worth your time seeing kids giving their all, playing for the love of the game and (for most, anyways) not any monetary reward?
Not to mention a handful of Final Four participants each year go on to become the next professional stars, usually because they are spectacular to watch.


Defensive scheme a danger zone


It was with the best intentions that the NBA decided to allow teams to play zone defence almost a decade ago.
They wanted to get away from the boring, stand-around two-on-two and one-on-one style that had developed, to open space, to allow teams some measure of creativity at both ends of the floor. They wanted to give coaches a chance to devise defences that were complex and come up with offences to break them down.
But when Antoine Wright of the Raptors is asked about zone defence, his answer is quick and succinct and harsh.
"It sucks."

Raptors Blog by Doug Smith


Q: Hi Doug, Long time no write in here. I promise, no rants and just one straight forward question. When did mouth guards become so popular and why are they necessary? When was the last time someone lost a tooth playing b-ball? Dan Issel? Have they been mandated in the youth development programs and so players now are just used to them? Or is it fashionable? (I guess that was more than one question)_Certainly the Raptors don't play tough enough defense to worry about getting clocked by an elbow!! Sorry - that was a bit of a rant.
Tom D, Oakville
A: It’s been in the last decade, really, that mouthguards have come into vogue. I think, besides protecting against lost teeth, they also help reduce the impact on concussions of someone were to hit the floor quite hard (I know it rarely, rarely happens) but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Plus, there’s a lot of vanity involved in wanting to keep the pearly whites.


Some like it haute


When I walked into Louis Vuitton recently for a fete benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada there was one heckuva commotion! 'What's going on?' I wondered. 'A new limited-edition bag?'
But no -- the focus of the furor was the Toronto Raptors' Chris Bosh, surrounded by a posse of fans, all jockeying for position, hoping to get their photograph taken with the superstar.
"Louis Vuitton is thrilled to partner with the always stylish Chris Bosh to host our first men's event," said Jean- Philippe Hecquet, VP, Louis Vuitton Canada. "Proceeds from tonight will go to one of Chris's favourite charities --Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada."
Also on hand were a slew of Toronto Raptors -- Amir Johnson, Reggie Evans, DeMar DeRozan, Jarrett Jack and Amir Johnson -- who turned up to support their honoured teammate. The boys arrived by the Bentley-load--nice rides!
Celebs in attendance included Dion Johnstone of X-Files and Stargate SG-1 fame, and chef/author David Adjey.
Louis Vuitton sure knows how to throw a party -- lots of bubbly and bling on display. What a night!


Raptors suit Weems' style


In Friday's third quarter, with Carmelo Anthony-like fearlessness, Sonny Weems popped a 20-foot jumper in Anthony's face.
Yeah, Sonny Weems, remember that guy? Weems is now a Raptor, and he scored 10 points in a third-quarter flurry, finishing with 14 points against his old squad. Last season, Weems was a Denver rookie, a high-flying forward who wasn't the greatest defender. Traded in the offseason, he has averaged 6.4 points for the Raptors, who are one of the worst defensive teams in basketball.
Weems started for the ailing Hedo Turkoglu, the former Magic forward who averaged 16.8 points per game last season but just 11.9 this season, making a case for the worst offseason signing from last summer.
"It's like night-and-day as far as I've seen," Nuggets acting coach Adrian Dantley said. "But sometimes it takes time to get the chemistry together."


Song: A guide to being a fan


Dear Toronto Raptors: I QUIT.
That’s how my letter to the Toronto Raptors went after they went 0–4 on a West Coast road trip and lost nine of their last 10 games. I quit on them just like they’ve quit on me in effort, heart and any recognizable standards of team basketball over the course of the last decade. For more reasons why I quit, please see my Facebook note titled “Dear Toronto Raptors: I quit.”
(Aside: I’m serious. Go read my note. Now. And if you’re not Facebook friends with me, please feel free to friend-request me, especially if you’re a single female.)
Now, I know what you’re saying. “Wait a second, John, aren’t you the one that’s always championing the fan cause? Aren’t you the one who’s always telling us to show up to games and support our teams?”


Raps need win in Florida or the heat is on


"This time of the year, you can go out there and score 50 and your scoring average will only move up a tenth of a point; it don't matter right now," Wade said. "I'm just trying to be a complete player, do what I can to help the team win and get the highest seed possible."
Miami could do that by evening the season series with Toronto (35-36), which is trying to hold off Chicago for the final playoff spot in the East.
The Raptors, three games behind Miami, won both home meetings against the Heat this season, but had their three-game winning streak at Miami snapped with a 115-95 loss Dec. 15.
Wade had 35 points and 10 assists in the teams' latest meeting, a 111-103 Toronto win Jan. 27. He's averaging 33.2 points in his last five games against the Raptors.
Toronto All-Star Chris Bosh, averaging 27.0 points and 10.7 rebounds against Miami this season, had 18 with 12 boards in the Raptors' 97-96 home loss to Denver on Friday.
Two days after the Raptors were blown out 113-87 by Utah, Denver's Carmelo Anthony hit an 18-footer at the buzzer to hand Toronto its 12th loss in 16 games.
"We just have to put this behind us and move on to the next game," Bosh said.
This contest begins an important two-game trip for the Raptors, who visit seventh-place Charlotte on Monday. The Bobcats are 2 games ahead of the Raptors.
"It just goes to show we're gonna have to give [a strong] effort every night, from here until the season is over," Bosh said. "If we do that, I think we'll be in a better position for success later."
The Raptors are 12-23 on the road, but have won two in a row away from home.

Sunshine Girl – 28.03.10



SUNshine Girl Karly is 22 years old and an avid hockey fan. She lists her most memorable moment as the time she met comedian Jim Carrey in Los Angeles and enjoys spending her time off hanging out with her boyfriend, who is an RCMP officer.

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LX 03-28-2010 11:54 AM

Mouthguards are also very useful in avoiding the kind of impact that will lead to root canals being necessary.

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