Today in Raptorland - 1/20/08
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Out of gas early

"We got off to a very, very slow start (in the second half). You play four games in five nights and it's going to catch up with you, and it caught up with us at the wrong time and Philly took advantage of it," said Bosh, who finished the game with 25 points and nine rebounds.

"Most of the time when you're down by 20 going into the fourth quarter, you're going to lose games."
Trouble at the point

The club dispatched no fewer than three key members of the organization to scout the recent NBA Development League showcase in Boise, Idaho. Taking in the action, largely in search of some point guard talent, were Raptors VP/Assistant General Manager Maurizio Gherardini, Director of Player Personnel Jim Kelly and Masai Ujiri, the club's director of global scouting.

GM Bryan Colangelo said last night that the Big Three, if you will, scouted players from every position, but acknowledged that acquiring another point guard is still a priority. The club's usual starter, T.J. Ford, is training and rehabbing in Houston, but could still be gone from the team for three to five weeks, and Colangelo is concerned about the number of minutes being played by Calderon in Ford's absence, and the fact that Juan Dixon, a natural shooting guard, hasn't really worked out as a backup point.

Too little energy, too late

If you need an explanation, look at the third quarter, when Toronto, outscored 34-16, committed six turnovers that led to eight points, was outrebounded 12-4 and outshot from the field 61 per cent to 42 per cent (Bosh, who let out a frustrated scream as the Raptors were continually outmuscled in the paint during those dismal 12 minutes, had exactly zero boards in the quarter).
Sure-handed Calderon continues to impress

After Raptors guard Jose Calderon coughed up an uncharacteristic four turnovers in last night's 99-95 loss to the 76ers, he retired to the locker room and took a quick glance at the boxscore. It was then that he made his fifth throwaway pass of the night, crumpling up the stat sheet and tossing it from his sight.

"We looked a little tired today," Calderon said. "We're playing good. It was a bad game. That's it."

Raptors' rally comes up short against 76ers

"The basket seemed like it was getting bigger and bigger," Green said after tying a season high with 23 points as the Philadelphia 76ers survived a late rally for a 99-95 victory Saturday night over the Toronto Raptors. "The guys were able to get me the ball and I was able to make some shots."
"I think our turnovers got them on a roll," Bosh said. "They scored a couple of fast-break points, got a couple of putbacks, and before you know it, they're making 15-foot jumpers and three-pointers and playing with a lot of confidence."

Raptors lose steam against 76ers

Toronto made a spirited comeback attempt in the fourth quarter, cutting what was as much as a 20-point lead to four points. But Anthony Parker missed a three-ball that would have cut the lead to one point with just less than 30 seconds remaining, and the Raptors ran out of time.

While Toronto's schedule has been packed recently, it was not as if their opponents had been sitting at home waiting for the Raptors. The 76ers were playing their fifth game in seven days, three of which came on the road.

Sixers enjoy role reversal

The 76ers, who have had trouble winning at home and winning anywhere against Toronto, reversed those trends last night after playing one of their most impressive quarters of the season.

They scored the final nine points of the second quarter to go into halftime leading by 42-40, then broke the game open with a 34-16 third quarter en route to a 99-95 win over the Raptors at the Wachovia Center.

Is Bargnani turning into a No. 1 overall miscalculation?

The doubts and questions about the Raptors' selection of Bargnani, the first Italian player taken first overall, are growing in his strange second NBA season. Bargnani has played less efficiently in his sophomore year, scoring fewer points, playing fewer minutes, getting in foul trouble more often, having less impact, looking more vulnerable and almost regularly not on the floor in the crucial final minutes of close games.

Flagrant fouls vs. Raptors 'just one of those things'

"I don't think there's any bad blood brewing between us," Hawks captain Joe Johnson said. "One thing was a freak accident, and this last one, well, I'm not going to speak out of turn, but it was a heat-of-the-moment thing. It's just one of those things that happen that you have to move on from."

Source: Grizz, Stoudamire near buyout; Suns, Celtics favorites to sign him

The Celtics, Suns, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets have all discussed trade possibilities with the Grizzlies to acquire Stoudamire, the 1996 Rookie of the Year and a 12-year veteran.

NY sends Miami to unlucky 13

Jamal Crawford scored 22 points and Nate Robinson added 19, including a banked jumper with 2:20 left that put New York ahead to stay, and the Knicks beat the Heat 88-84 in Miami - sending them to their 13th straight loss, the longest in the league and the worst skein of coach Pat Riley’s career.
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