Daily Raptor Dish - 28.11.09
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Raps defence disappears


The Raptors left their lead feet in Charlotte, but the search party for any defensive cohesion remains on high alert.
It wasn't the 35-point spanking they endured against the Bobcats on Wednesday night, but last night's 116-103 loss to the Celtics was another clear indication that, defensively, the Raptors do not possess the personnel to stay with a decent team in this league for a full 48 minutes.
At least they haven't shown that to date.
Purely on their shooting ability, the Raps stayed with the Celtics for about the first 27 minutes of last night's game before the Celtics themselves decided to play a little defence. At that point, those Raptors shots that had been falling with regularity became off-balance jumpers that couldn't find the mark.
But where the Celtics were able to turn up their defensive intensity, the Raptors could not match at their end of the floor and the Celtic scoring derby continued unabated.

Team motto: All for none


Chris Bosh had a lot more than just last night's losing effort to be upset with.
Twenty seconds into the fourth quarter he took a knee to the upper pelvic area on an impressive Paul Pierce dunk.
But with Bosh down, Pierce celebrated over the injured Raptor and that brought an irate assistant coach Alex English plus Jay Triano on to the floor. Noticeably absent from the charge were any of Bosh's actual teammates.
Bosh didn't see much of the initial reaction to the play.
"I looked at their bench and they were all up standing at half court and no one from their team was down on the floor," Bosh said. "I think we can react better, be there for one another and react better."


Chris Bosh passed the 9000-point mark on Wednesday and coupled with his 4,000+ career rebounds, joined some elite company. He became the sixth-fastest player to reach those marks. The other five in order of youngest to oldest are Shaquille O'Neal, Bob McAdoo, Wilt Chamberlain, Kevin Garnett, and Antoine Walker.
The Celts shot an unheard of, even for the Raptors defence, 83.3% in the first quarter and only had a six-point lead.
Raptors head coach Jay Triano reached the 82-game mark in his NBA head coaching career last night. With the loss, Triano's mark is 33-49. Oddly enough, Sam Mitchell and Kevin O'Neill both had records of 33-49 in their first 82 games with the team.

Feschuk: Raptors bow down meekly to Celtics 116-103


In the most memorable moment of Friday’s Raptors-Celtics game, Paul Pierce, the Celtics forward, interested his left knee into the delicate parts of a defender named Chris Bosh, the Raptors’ best player.
It was a clean move, Pierce throwing down a thunderous dunk, Bosh writhing on the floor in the fetal position. But Pierce celebrated by standing over Bosh in a muscle-flexing taunt.
And what tells you much about what ails Toronto’s NBA squad is that the only people in the gym who didn’t react appropriately were Bosh’s teammates. The refs got it right, assessing Pierce a technical foul. Toronto’s coaches, stomping the sideline in outrage, were suitably fuming. And the Celtics reserves, sensing escalation, bolted from their bench.
But the rank-and-file Raptors, other than those checking on Bosh’s condition, watched the whole thing like couch potatoes. No surprise, then, that they also got beat soundly by a better, tougher team, 116-103.
“There’s no other way to say it – we just got punked,” said Antoine Wright, Toronto’s veteran swingman, a rare voice of outrage on a ho-hum club.

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I don’t imagine there’s a sane-thinking person in the world who isn’t (a) disgusted or (b) embarrassed or (c) shocked that no one – NO ONE – even bothered to take a menacing step towards Paul Pierce after he kneed Chris Bosh in the groin and then took a second to stand over him and taunt after dunking on him in the fourth quarter last night.
I guess I should add (d) surprised to that list because it’s been a flaw with this team for eons, that lack of toughness.
Now, I’m not advocating fighting or something ridiculous like that but some finger-pointing, yelling, gesturing or just letting him know that kind of punk move is unacceptable would have been in order.
It was Rasho, Turkolgu, Jose and Jack who were on the floor at the time of the play and one of them should have done something and that was pointed out in just about every story after the game.
What I want to see is if all this talk is cheap or not. This kind of thing will happen again, I’m sure, because teams know they can get away with it and I’m wondering just how these guys will react when it does.
Will they cower? Or actually do something to stand up for a teammate?

Raptors easy prey for Celtics

ay Allen scored 20 points, Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins had 18 apiece, and the Boston Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors 116-103 on Friday night.
Rajon Rondo had 12 points and 11 assists as the Celtics won their third in a row for the first time since opening the season with six straight victories. Rasheed Wallace scored 15 points as a reserve, hitting three of his first four 3-point attempts.
Chris Bosh had 20 points and 13 rebounds, Hedo Turkoglu also scored 20 points and reserve Jarrett Jack added 18 for Toronto. The Raptors have lost six of their last eight games, including a 116-81 loss to Charlotte on Wednesday night that was the worst in franchise history.
Turkoglu's steal and dunk gave the Raptors a 61-57 lead with 10:39 left in the third quarter, but Boston scored the next 13 points

Celtics stop Friday slump, beat Toronto 116-103


Doc Rivers watched the Celtics and Raptors make two-thirds of their shots in the first half and told his players at the break: "The first team that plays defense wins, guys."
"We did defend, and it turned the game around for us," the Boston coach said after the Celtics beat Toronto 116-103 on Friday night. "We were just having a feel-good game: You score, pat them on the back, and then they score. We call it 'Buddy Ball.' Then we stopped."
Ray Allen scored 20 points and Paul Pierce had 18 with seven assists and five rebounds as the Celtics won their third in a row for the first time since opening the season with six straight victories. Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett were perfect from the floor, scoring 18 and 12 points, respectively, and Rajon Rondo had 12 points and 11 assists.
The Celtics shot 15 for 18 and led 33-27 after one quarter. The Raptors were 12 for 17 in the second quarter and led 55-54 at the half.
In the third, Boston continued its hot shooting but also played defense, forcing four turnovers during a 13-0 run that took 7 minutes, 16 seconds and turned a four-point deficit into a 70-61 lead. It was a 17-point lead later in the third, and the Raptors never got closer than nine points in the fourth.
"We scored the first couple of baskets and then we were startled a little bit offensively ," Raptors coach Jay Triano said. "And their starting bigs didn't miss a shot. Both guys were perfect."

Raptors bullied in loss to Celtics

Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce stood there, staring at fallen Toronto Raptors star Chris Bosh.
In the fourth quarter of Boston's 116-103 win on Friday night, Pierce dunked over Bosh, hitting him in the pelvic region with his knee, unintentionally. With Bosh writhing on the ground, Pierce - in the officials' estimation - taunted him.
Raptors coach Jay Triano hopped off the bench, irate at Pierce's behaviour. Assistant Alex English was mad, too. Other than Hedo Turkoglu talking to a swarm of Celtics at halfcourt, though, there was not much in the way of player reaction.
Historically, the Raptors have backed down from confrontation. This might have been another example.
"I think you've got to look yourself in the mirror and take that challenge because it's a basketball game. Nobody's fighting anybody," swingman Hedo Turkoglu said. "We've got guys standing over our best player flexing. It's not something that we can stand for. I was pretty frustrated sitting on the bench, watching their whole team run out on the floor, and we only have our coaches up shouting and screaming at their players. I don't like that. That's just something that is being accepted around here."

Celtics wear down Raptors


The Celtics then made their defensive stand, as they went on a 15-1 run over a 5:32 span. Marquis Daniels’s layup off a Rajon Rondo assist capped a 25-4 run and gave the hosts an 82-65 advantage with 1:25 left in the quarter.
“After the game, [recently hired assistant coach] Ty Lue, who hasn’t been around a lot, said, ‘That’s the Celtics’ defense. That’s what I heard about.’ And that was terrific,’’ said Rivers. “I thought the starters in the third quarter set the tone.’’
Rondo started the rally, dunking off a steal 2:51 into the half. And Wallace concluded the quarter with a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds remaining for an 87-72 advantage.
Paul Pierce started the fourth quarter by racing past Rasho Nesterovic and dunking over Chris Bosh. But both Pierce and Rivers were issued technicals following the play.
Toronto cut the deficit to 96-87 as Nesterovic followed his own miss with 7:53 left. But the Celtics regained the momentum and were able to sub the starters and most of the second unit with 2:08 to go.
“Usually, you come in the half and you shoot 67 percent, the way we did, the way we passed the ball, we should be up about 10-15 points,’’ said Pierce. “So, we’re still a work in progress. You know, we’re trying to put four quarters together, instead of stretches. The way we move the ball, we shoot at this rate, we should be able to beat anybody, it should be a blowout. So we still got some ways to improve. We’ve still got a ways to go.’’

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