Today in Raptorland - 1/25/08
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Sam senses win streak

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"I feel like we have the confidence (to go on a streak) and I know we're going to play hard and compete," Mitchell said.

"(But) the key is getting enough of our guys consistent. If we can get six, seven guys playing consistent basketball, then you can win six, seven, eight (in a row), because that's what it takes.

"Two guys playing great is not going to do it. You need that fourth of fifth guy, whether they're in your starting lineup, or coming off the bench."
Game Day

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The Bucks are struggling, currently last in the Central Division (16-26, not including last night's game). They have lost three in a row heading into yesterday's game against the Indiana Pacers and are 5 -19 on the road. Part of their problems is a lack of rebounding. The Bucks pull in less rebounds than the Raptors, averaging just 40.47 per game. Another problem is a lack of scoring. Michael Redd is eighth in the NBA in scoring (22.9), but when teams key on him, the offence doesn't produce that much.
Raps fly under radar

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The Raptors marched into Boston and defeated the NBA's best team, and their exploits were not front page news across the NBA, or even in some Toronto media outlets.

Head coach Sam Mitchell was asked again yesterday if his club's lack of recognition around the NBA, and at home, bothers him or his players. Playing in Canada always has reduced the Raptors to also-ran status in terms of recognition south of the border, and they always have been poor cousins to the Leafs in this market.


Calderon's all-star chances slim

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The Raptors are making an obvious effort as an organization to gain Jose Calderon a reserve roster spot at this year's all-star game Feb.17. You can hear it on radio and watch it on TV. But it's an uphill climb that may end badly.
Winning streak could be coming

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"Andrea's been doing well. I've been saying for the past three weeks that I'm not overly worried about Andrea, he's been working," said Mitchell. "And if you have talent, sooner or later it's going to come to the forefront. ... If you have your confidence, the rest will come."

What also comes is a balanced attack Toronto had four players with 20 or more points in the Boston game, just the fourth time that's happened in Raptors history and no reason to rely solely on Bosh.
Waiting for a call

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Potential NBA East all-star reserves:

GUARDS

Ray Allen, Chauncey Billups, Jose Calderon,

Vince Carter, Michael Redd, Joe Johnson,

Richard Hamilton

FORWARDS

Paul Pierce, Chris Bosh, Caron Butler,

Hedo Turkoglu, Antawn Jamison, Yi Jianlian


Bargnani is Raptors' enigma

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"Sometimes," said Toronto coach Sam Mitchell, "you've got to strip it down and - I wouldn't say start over, but you've got to get all the way down to the basics."

Bargnani was back to basics, all right. The kid was lost. He might still be. His best game of the season Wednesday night came, almost literally, out of nowhere: 20 points, seven rebounds, a career-high seven assists against the powerhouse Boston Celtics, in a loud and hostile TD Banknorth Garden.
Bosh thrives if Bargnani sinks his shots

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If Bargnani is doing well, Bosh does not have to dig in the trenches as often throughout the game.

"We don't have to wear him down running the whole offence through Chris all the time," Mitchell said. "Now Chris can do other things. He can rebound. He can play defence. He can have energy for other things than of us just having to throw the ball down to him and play off him all the time."
Raptors Game Day

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Who's hot? Anthony Parker has hit four three-pointers in two of his last three games, and is averaging 16.7 points per game over his last nine contests.

Who's not? Jason Kapono is struggling to get minutes in the rotation right now. He has just 14 points in his last four games combined.


Three cheers for the three-pointer

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The Raptors are home tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks, and Mitchell is quite aware that there is at least one thing his team must do better because 70-per-cent shooting from three-point range isn't something that happens every game.

"We've got to rebound better, we know that," Mitchell said. "We talked about it again this morning. We showed it on tape. We've just got to talk about it, keep emphasizing it."
CBC: ALL-SPORT CHANNEL POSSIBLE FOR 2009

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Moore said major U.S. sports content would not be carried, but airing Toronto Raptors or Toronto Blue Jays games would not be ruled out.


The Celtics didn't practice yesterday

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The Celtics didn't practice yesterday but did watch film of their 114-112 loss to the Raptors Wednesday. Toronto nailed 15 of 21 3-pointers, shot 58 percent, and made all 19 free throws. Rivers said the film was devoted to Boston's defense. "Film is very important," Garnett said. "The film doesn't lie. If there is an assignment that you missed, it will tell you. Every now and then, especially when you have a loss, you need to see that. It puts everybody back in perspective, so to speak, and keeps you refocused.


Roundtable: Bargnani's development

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Now that the Raptors have hit the halfway point of the season, TSN.ca decided to ask four Toronto Raptors observers their thoughts on the season so far.

TSN.ca will reveal their answers to our six questions one-by-one over the next several days. Today is part three.

How would you rate Andrea Bargnani's development? Is he where you thought he would be at this point in his career?
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The Raptors marched into Boston and defeated the NBA's best team, and their exploits were not front page news across the NBA, or even in some Toronto media outlets.

Head coach Sam Mitchell was asked again yesterday if his club's lack of recognition around the NBA, and at home, bothers him or his players. Playing in Canada always has reduced the Raptors to also-ran status in terms of recognition south of the border, and they always have been poor cousins to the Leafs in this market.
This pisses me off.

and to come from a Canadian media source too? What was the sun thinking even putting this in print and making it an issue.

Do they forget that this was the same day that the Leafs were dealing with the JFJ firing? WTF?! OBVIOSLY, the raps would play second fiddle. From what i saw, the Raps' win WAS on the front page on NBA.com and the score opened all their shows with it.

BTW, have i ever mentioned how much better the score is than any other Canadian sports channel. I think i've said it a hundred times. i'll say it again. The score rocks.
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