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Daily Raptor Dish - 29.03.10
Another foul loss for Raps
The last straw for Hedo
To foul or not to foul, that was the question presented to the Raptors with the game on the line and their playoff spot in peril.
The Raptors were trailing by two and could have allowed the clock to play itself out or commit a foul to extend the game.
Jose Calderon heard Chris Bosh yell: “Foul!”
The Raptors could have forced a stop, which would have given them time, albeit three or four seconds, to win the game.
Head coach Jay Triano said later he could have lived with either decision. Either way, the Raptors lost the game, 97-94, in yet another heartbreaking fashion.
Their chances against host Charlotte on Monday night aren’t good and the chance of Chicago supplanting Toronto as the eighth and final playoff seed now grow stronger.
Catching Miami now seems out of reach, especially given its favourable schedule to end the year.
“It’s tough,’’ Triano said of the late-game situation. “At that point of the game, there is two ways you can go, play it out or you can foul early and extend the game.”
It was questionable as were other questionable decisions by Triano.
“I heard C.B. say, foul,’’ Calderon said. “At least the game was a little longer with foul, but we could have gone either way.”
The message was loud and clear, forceful and impactful.
The days of Hedo Turkoglu cutting corners are over, whether his future in Toronto is over remains to be seen.
Turkoglu’s season of unfulfilled promise and disappointment reached a new level Sunday night in Miami, where the Raptors blew a 17-point lead in the second half to drop a 97-94 decision to the host Heat, a loss that laid to bare all the problems plaguing Toronto.
Turkoglu dressed, but never saw the floor.
His ability to create would have been welcome when the Raptors couldn’t create enough against a stifling Heat defence that simply took over.
The loss, which puts Toronto’s playoff footing on even more unstable ground, paled in comparison to the drama surrounding Turkoglu.
Turkoglu missed Friday’s heartbreaker to Denver because of a stomach ailment, which first surfaced at halftime of last Wednesday’s loss to Utah.
It was later discovered that Turkoglu spent Friday night out on the town.
The team became aware of the situation following e-mails that were allegedly sent to different club officials.
The decision to not play Turkoglu clearly stems from Friday’s no-show against the Nuggets.
When pressed, general manager Bryan Colangelo politely responded by saying the matter was being handled internally.
Turkoglu didn’t have much to say following Sunday’s loss.
“I’m okay, I’m okay, I’m okay,’’ Turkoglu said when asked to comment on not playing against the Heat.
Raptors head coach Jay Triano said it was a coaching decision not to play Turkoglu, even though he was available.
“He was active. It was a coaching decision to not play him,’’ Triano said.
Hedo Turkoglu sits as Raptors wilt
Raptors collapse in final minutes
Team officials say they are aware of unconfirmed reports Turkoglu was seen out socially after missing Friday's game with his illness and, pressed, general manager Bryan Colangelo said the matter is being handled internally.
The Raptors could have used another offensive weapon on the court in the fourth quarter, when the Heat held them to just 17 points. Toronto made only two field goals in the final six minutes – a jump shot from Sonny Weems with about 3 1/2 minutes left and a Jarrett Jack three-pointer with less than two seconds remaining.
But even with that terrible finish, the Raptors still had a chance in the final 25 seconds before a debatable decision turned out costly.
Down two, Andrea Bargnani missed a jump shot with 26.9 seconds left; instead of trying to defend a Heat possession, get a stop and have a shot to tie or win, Jose Calderon fouled Carlos Arroyo with 22 seconds left.
It extended the game but the Heat executed perfectly down the stretch as Arroyo made six straight free throws.
"I didn't care either way," said Triano.
"If they wait and shoot right at the buzzer, then there's a chance that you don't have a chance to even win the game if they make it."
Heat rally to pan sear Raptors
Dwyane Wade scored 32 points, and the Miami Heat rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors 97-94 on Sunday night.
Miami outscored Toronto 19-7 in the final 6:12, taking the lead for good at 91-89 on Carlos Arroyo's jumper with 59 seconds remaining. He made it a four-point game with two free throws with 22 seconds remaining.
Jarrett Jack hit a three-pointer with 1.8 seconds left to cut the Miami lead to 95-94, but Arroyo secured the Heat's fifth consecutive victory with two free throws with 1.4 seconds left.
Arroyo converted eight free throws in the final 22 seconds and Udonis Haslem scored 11 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter for the Heat, in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Haslem had eight points during the fourth-quarter comeback.
Chris Bosh led Toronto with 19 points, while Jack had 18.
Heat's late rally too much for Raptors
Dressed for action after missing half of one game, all of another and two practices with a stomach virus, Turkoglu was never summoned by head coach Jay Triano.
“I told them I want to play,” Turkoglu said before the game. He declined the opportunity to comment afterward, and Triano shed no light on the situation. Asked if he was sitting out for health or discipline reasons, Triano said only: “Both.”
It was his first game coming off the bench since March 10, 2006. Prior to last night, he’d started 236 games in which he’d dressed.
The benching came in the wake of reports that Turkoglu was out in Toronto’s trendy Yorkville district after the Raptors’ crushing loss to the Denver Nuggets on Friday night, a game he didn’t play because of a stomach virus that caused him to leave at halftime of the Raptors loss’ to the Utah Jazz last Wednesday.
When pressed, Raptors president Bryan Colangelo said that word of Turkoglu’s night out had reached the team – apparently fans had spotted him and sent e-mails to team officials and some media – and the matter had been dealt with “internally,” the implication being that the Turkish small forward had been fined.
Before last night’s game, Turkoglu denied that he’d been out at all, but added that what he said didn’t matter.
“It’s all good, man,” Turkoglu said. “I’ve been dealing with this [stuff] the whole year. They’ve been on me on this [going out] the whole year long. If I wasn’t out, sick or healthy, they [the fans] would still say something. I don’t say anything. Ten games left of the season, all I try finish strong.”
His teammates seemed to support him as they tried to hang on to the eighth and final playoff spot, their lead down to a half game over the Chicago Bulls, Toronto having lost three straight.
“We’re in support of Hedo,” said Antoine Wright, who started for the second straight game in place of Turkoglu. “He’s our teammate. We want to see him back on the court, but management is handling that. … We need everyone in our locker room to be playing basketball, in my personal opinion.”
Raptors Game Day
"He was active, it was a coach's decision to not play him," Raptors coach Jay Triano said, adding he made that decision because Turkoglu was not healthy - and to send a message.
The message dates back to earlier last week. Turkoglu left midway through Wednesday night's game against the Utah Jazz with a stomach virus. He did not play against Denver on Friday - another loss - but was seen out on the town following the game.
Earlier yesterday, Turkoglu insisted he was just grabbing a bite to eat after the game. Apparently, that is not how the club saw it. When pressed, Raptors president and general manager Bryan Colangelo said the matter was handled internally.
It seems likely that Turkoglu not playing was a part of that internal operation.
Turkoglu, for his part, declined comment after the game. "I'm good, I'm good," he said.
"I don't make them decisions, man," swingman Antoine Wright said. "I think we need everything in this locker room to play basketball, in my personal opinion."
That was obvious. With Dwyane Wade routinely shredding the defence as the Heat came back from a deficit that was as large as 17 points, the Raptors could get nothing going offensively.
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Who's hot? In his first start in more than a month, Sonny Weems had 14 efficient points and five rebounds on Friday against Denver.
Who's not? Before last night's game, Chris Bosh had turned the ball over 23 times in his previous five games.
Who's hot? Gerald Wallace has mixed in three 20-plus-point games and two 16-plus-rebound games over his last five outings.
Who's not? Acquired at the trade deadline, Tyrus Thomas has not scored in double digits -- nor played more than 20 minutes -- in any of his past four games.
The Heat found itself in a precarious predicament entering Sunday night's game against the Toronto Raptors.
With a victory, Miami would stay hot in its pursuit to overtake the Milwaukee Bucks for the fifth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
With a loss, the Heat would aid its future and keep the eighth-place Raptors in possession of the final playoff spot in the East. Should the Raptors make the playoffs, Miami would get Toronto's first-round pick in this summer's NBA Draft to complete a 2009 trade.
Entering the game, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra left little doubt as to which cause was his team's primary focus.
``There is no precarious outlook for us,'' Spoelstra said before Miami's 97-94 victory against Toronto at AmericanAirlines Arena. ``It's about now. It's always about now.''
Spoelstra will let Heat president Pat Riley and the front office worry about potential draft ramifications. For now, the priority is the present.
Sunshine Girl - 29.03.10
RF Girl of the Day - Nicole Marie Lenz
SUNshine Girl Melanee is 24 years old and a recent graduate with a degree in hotel and resort management. She dreams one day of opening her own spa. She is single, except for her Lexus. Lexus is Melanee’s Australian shepherd/rottweiler mix, who became part of her family in 2001