Today in Raptorland - 12/15/07
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Doing it the hard way

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The Raps' fourth consecutive win was anything but pretty for three quarters. Were it not for outscoring the Pacers 35-18 in the fourth quarter, the Raps would not be in such a positive frame of mind heading home for a date with the Boston Celtics.

For that, they can thank the red-hot shooting of Kapono, who had 12 points in the first three quarters and then lit it up in the fourth with 17 more for a career-high 29 points.
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"You just want to take about 40 shots when you feel like that," Kapono said. "I kept yelling at them, 'Hey, pass me the ball.' You are standing 45 feet outside the three-point arc and I'm still saying 'Pass me the ball. I feel good tonight.' "
Sam demands effort

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"We just make sure guys are accountable. If they understand that at some point they're going to have to come sit down and watch if they're not guarding, that's the defence. Not playing, if you're not guarding. I'm not saying your guy can't score or you'll sit down. Guys make tough shots, but if you're not where you're supposed to be in rotations, if you're not back in transition, then you're not doing the stuff you're supposed to do. My response is to get you out of the game."


Hot Kapono fires up Raptors

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Kapono's two biggest shots helped the Raptors erase a 17-point deficit they found themselves in late in the third quarter. After battling back but never getting over the hump entirely, he hit a three from right in front of the Indiana bench that gave Toronto its first lead of the game at 81-80 with nine minutes to go. From then, the Raptors answered every challenge the Pacers made and they won going away.

"I felt like when we kept getting within two, and they'd go up four but we kept scoring and kept keeping the game close and I think Jason hit a three to put us up one, I thought the game turned then," said coach Sam Mitchell.
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"It's a great team to play for just because it's an unselfish team, it's a real pass-first team, no one here gripes about shots or scoring," said Kapono. Kapono was the beneficiary of open looks because of another dominant performance by Chris Bosh, who had 22 points and 16 rebounds, and the third straight good game from Kris Humphries, who had 17 points. The Pacers couldn't afford to let either of the big men get free and that left them scrambling unsuccessfully to get back to Kapono. It also helped Jose Calderon to dish out a career-high 16 assists.


Raptors pick up the pace

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"The defence was poor in the first half," Kapono said. "We wanted to try to force them to take tough shots. We allowed them to take some threes there in the first half and then in the third and fourth quarter we really clamped down on the paint and the defence was real strong. It was the same scheme, we just wanted to play it harder. In the first half it was a step or two slower."

"In the first half we were playing without energy," Calderon said. "I don't know what happened."

"Some nights, you just have heavy legs," Bosh said. "I told everybody this is going to be a tough night. We have to keep rolling, keep fighting. You never know what happens. We just wanted to pound the glass, we wanted to get easy buckets and we did that, and once they start collapsing that gave all our shooters a chance to let it go."
Mitchell hypes East's parity

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"You take Boston (18-2), Detroit (15-7) and Orlando (16-7) and then it's like us, Indiana and Washington (11-10) that are .500 or better, that's it," Mitchell said at Friday's shootaround. "Some people would say the East is not good, no, it's just parity. If you look at Orlando lately they've lost three in row."
The incredible journey of Jamario Moon

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Today, Moon is not quite rich, but he's going to buy his grandmother a car for Christmas. He's famous, a media darling for his outlandish story and easy way of telling it. Moon is swinging from a star.

"I tell people all the time, don't pinch me," he says with a characteristic smile and his backwoods drawl. "I don't want to wake up."


Raptors bring down Pacers

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Bosh played a sensational first half to make up for an ugly team performance, while Jose Calderon, Jason Kapono and Kris Humphries all played key roles in the second half of the Toronto Raptors' 194-93 victory over the Pacers Friday night in Indiana.

Toronto (14-10) now heads into the toughest part of its schedule. After playing host to Boston tomorrow afternoon, the Raptors will go on a seven-game, 14-day road trip that is broken up by a five-day layoff around Christmas.


Raptors have security blanket in Calderon

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It's an occasion that usually kicks off the silly season within the real season in the league; when trade talk becomes the daily grist of the rumour-mill websites like Hoopshype and RealGM. It's not that teams couldn't have traded players before the 15th - Orlando shipped forward Trevor Ariza to the LA Lakers earlier this year, for example - but now, with this extra pool of players to add to convoluted four-team deals, trades become much simpler.


In the spirit of giving . . .

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"We let the game slip away from us," Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said. "Our defense didn't hold up. It was solid for three quarters but didn't pay off for us down the stretch. They stole the game from us."
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"Toronto was spacing the court; they made some tough shots," Pacers guard Mike Dunleavy said. "Our hands were in their face. Sometimes that happens and you can't cover everything. With Calderon picking people apart and Bosh rolling down the middle, we were trying to get out to shooters. If you get out any further on them, the way it was going tonight, they called a foul on you. It was damned if you do, damned if you don't."
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Bosh played a sensational first half to make up for an ugly team performance, while Jose Calderon, Jason Kapono and Kris Humphries all played key roles in the second half of the Toronto Raptors' 194-93 victory over the Pacers Friday night in Indiana.
I didn't see the game, but looks like we creamed them - j/k Dr. J We love the work you do! You would think the National Post would check what they publish.

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I didn't see the game, but looks like we creamed them - j/k Dr. J We love the work you do! You would think the National Post would check what they publish.
haha .... good catch Saurus ... I missed that one too.
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