Today in Raptorland - 1/9/08
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Raps still struggling against East's top guns

But stringing wins together is not something the Raptors have done well this year. Their longest winning streak was a four-gamer. They've also had two stretches of three straight defeats. It's been a one-step-forward-one-step-back season, which figures, given Toronto's 17-17 record.

Hoping for second helpings

What hasn't changed is the importance of that first rule Moon learned. "Always listen to Sam," Moon says without hesitation. "If I do that everything else will be okay. I don't try to do anything otherwise," he said.
Will Moon's star shine?

Moon said if the opportunity comes to show off his best dunks, he won't disappoint.

"I've got a few up my sleeve," Moon said. "I just want to do something that is good. If I do something that someone has done before, that's fine, as long as I do it better. Just add a different twist to it. There really aren't that many dunks left (that haven't been done). You just have to take a dunk and add your own little twist to it."

Ford's injury shows other side effects

And while club president Bryan Colangelo confirmed yesterday that Toronto would guarantee the final third of Martin's one-year contract a decision that needed to be made by tomorrow it was a move that may be more about the Raptors' next point guard than Martin's contributions.

Having Martin on the roster means Colangelo could potentially combine him and Dixon in a deal if a team is interested in clearing some room under the salary cap.

Other pieces that have some appeal in that regard include Carlos Delfino, who is a restricted free agent after this season, while Rasho Nesterovic, Maceo Baston and Joey Graham are all free agents after the 2008-09 season.

Veteran point guards rumoured to be available include Jason Williams of the Miami Heat, Luke Ridnour or Earl Watson of the Seattle SuperSonics and Damon Stoudemire of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Moon learning the Raptors' ropes

However, the polysyllabic "Jamario" is Mitchell's new "Joey." And Jamario Moon, the player who made Graham redundant on the Toronto Raptors' roster, is completely fine with hearing Mitchell holler out his name.

"I don't really think Sam has a doghouse. He just wants you to work hard," Moon said Tuesday. "And when he feels like you're not working hard, then he'll sit you down or come talk to you and let you know about it, so you pick yourself up."
Bosh prepares for a little Canadian content

"The team confidence is good. We just have to correct a couple of mistakes," said Bosh, speaking specifically of the team's poor performance in closing out quarters, and rebounding. "We make a couple of mistakes we usually don't make at home, and that forces teams to stay in the game."

"We just have to get a couple wins. After a couple wins, that confidence automatically comes back."
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