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Old 12-30-2009, 06:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Raptors want revenge


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The Raptors have a bitter taste in their mouths, and not because of some rancid cranberry sauce.

Tonight, the suddenly-respectable Torontonians play host to the Jekyll and Hyde Charlotte Bobcats, a team that plays with a snarl at home and like putty tats when they are on the road.

Charlotte is 11-4 at the Time Warner Cable Arena but a dreadful 1-13 away from North Carolina.

All that adds up to a hill of beans for the Raptors. But what does have them especially worked up for tonight's game at the Air Canada Centre is the fact that they suffered arguably their worse loss of the season against the Bobcats, a pathetic 116-81 shellacking on Nov. 25, which begun a season-long five-game losing streak.

Now, the 15-17 Raptors have won a season-high four in a row and are attempting to solidify a decent playoff position, though it still is obviously early in the season. And it's the Bobcats who occupy the spot one place below Toronto in the Eastern Conference standings.





Raptors sharpening their talons


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It may just be game No. 33 of 82 and an outing against a team with a bad record, but it's also payback time.

"We really owe them one," Toronto's Jarrett Jack said.

The Raptors feel they owe the Bobcats after Charlotte laid a 116-81 beating on them last month, a drubbing that was one of the low points, if not the low point, of the season.

There are others, such as a pasting absorbed in Atlanta, on that list for sure, but the loss in Charlotte started a spiral downward that continued for weeks.

The Raptors were 7-8 when they went to Charlotte, had won two of three and things were looking better, if not good.

But the Bobcats ran amok in what was little more than a 48-minute festival of layups and dunks and the Raptors went on to lose their next four games.





Raptors embark on Revenge Tour


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"It was rough," guard Jarrett Jack said. "I think we were at a point where we were playing well and then we kind of took a slide against those guys. I think that's where our confidence kind of wavered in each other."

The Raptors, and specifically Bosh, are big believers in the even-keeled approach. However, do not pretend they forgot about what happened in those two games. With four straight wins, the Raptors are feeling good. The memories have them riled up, though.

"We got embarrassed down there," coach Jay Triano said Tuesday of the Charlotte game. "They turned us over. They had 41 points in transition, 60-some points in the paint. It's definitely motivation of what we have to stop heading into the game [Wednesday]."

"We remember what happened last time," Bosh said. "Hopefully that should be some fuel for us."




Bobcats Gameday


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Matchup to Watch

Chris Bosh vs. the Bobcats' frontcourt: Bosh isn't the best big man in the East - hard to argue with Orlando's Dwight Howard - but he's the most skilled. The Bobcats would be fortunate to have a repeat of the last Raptors matchup, when Bosh scored his first basket during the last minute of the first half.

Observations

The Raptors are on a four-game winning streak and have rediscovered defense, holding opponents of late to 41.5percent shooting.

The 35-point beating the Bobcats gave the Raptors last month is the largest margin of victory in franchise history. The key was turnovers - 13 of Toronto's 18 giveaways came during the decisive second half.

Toronto center Andrea Bargnani creates some matchup challenges, as a 7-footer who loves to hang out along the 3-point line. It might make more sense to have Boris Diaw chase around Bargnani and have Nazr Mohammed try to guard Bosh. Or maybe go small to maximize mobility on defense.



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Old 12-30-2009, 07:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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On another note, do you think the Raps can really stop the Bobcats from destroying them this time?
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On another note, do you think the Raps can really stop the Bobcats from destroying them this time?
They got out muscled and out hustled in a bad way in their last meeting. Here's to hoping that they come out with some fire.
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Nice Dish LX. I had a feeling you wouldn't dissapoint

I'll take todays SSG though
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her feet look dirty....















but i'd still lick them.
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Oh.....my.....god. There is no wway that is a SSG
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meh. i like the girl in the doggie dish better. there's some charisma to her and she has nicer hair.
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meh. i like the girl in the doggie dish better. there's some charisma to her and she has nicer hair.
oh crap.... i didnt even notice her!!!
hahahahahahah awesome job LX.
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oh crap.... i didnt even notice her!!!
hahahahahahah awesome job LX.
you're slipping. must be the holidays.
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