Today in Raptorland - 2/12/08
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Spurs grind Raptors

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The only thing personal for Calderon was the seemingly personal goal he had of finding ways to slow down the Spurs.

"I play for my teammates,'' he said. "All I want is for our team to win. Everyday I feel I'm getting better because I'm feeling more comfortable with my teammates."
Almost a Raptor

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Damon Stoudamire admits the notion of returning to Toronto crossed his mind when the Memphis Grizzlies bought out the point guard's contract.
Big Diesel nears return

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Shaquille O'Neal practised with the Phoenix Suns for the first time yesterday, showing no sign of the hip injury that has sidelined him since Jan. 21.

"It was different. It was very intense," he said after the one-hour workout. "I learned a lot. Now I can see why they can go at the pace they play at. When you just do short bursts like this, then you can save it all for the game."
Canada's 'Sugar Plum' is bound for Beijing

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Dawna Townsend may be one of Canada's top basketball officials, but she's still just a "sugar plum" to some.

The Toronto referee earned her profession's highest honour when she was appointed last week to the officiating crew for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.


Raptors; late rally falls short

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The Argentine dynamo blitzed the Raptors for a season-high 34 points last night, mixing deadeye outside shooting with his typical forays to the basket, once again exposing Toronto's lack of good perimeter defence, a hole that general manager Bryan Colangelo has to be worried about with 10 days left until the NBA's trading deadline.
Spurs show they're still in a class of their own

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Sam Mitchell's father-in-law passes, an unfortunate set of circumstances that means Mike Evans is the coach of record against the NBA champions. Meanwhile, Jay Triano gets to wear the sharp suit and call the timeouts tomorrow night as coach against the New jersey Nets, one of the league's many dysfunctional families.
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With four rings, they clearly played this particular game before. They don't lose their poise very often and know how to withstand the other team's big run and Jose Calderon led a beauty of a comeback from a sleepwalking first half by the Raptors with a career-best 27 points.
Ex-star Sprewell owes $1.3 million on yacht

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Former NBA star Latrell Sprewell's home is up for foreclosure and his yacht sold at auction to help pay off the $1.3 million he owes on the boat, according to court filings.

Sprewell, who once turned down a three-year, $21 million (all figures U.S.) contract extension saying, "I've got my family to feed," has apparently fallen on tough times.
Let's hear it for old guys

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It's simple, says Raptor coach Sam Mitchell. The old dudes are smart enough to know what they aren't.

"Just think," Mitchell said last week. "You could make a million dollars because you're a good guy and a good teammate. A million a year for years. Pretty good life."


Raptors dig too big a hole

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The Spurs jumped out to a 18-6 lead in the first quarter and led by as many as 17 points early in the third quarter before the Raptors began grinding their way back into contention.

"We could have laid down and just let the game continue to slip away from us, but they decided to suck it up and get down to playing some defence," Evans said.
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The Spurs closely guarded Chris Bosh, who scored only 11 points on 3-for-11 shooting, with one of the misses a wide-open foul-line jumper with 37 seconds left that would have cut the Spurs' lead to a single point.

Bosh was held to 10 points when the team played in San Antonio in December.
Surrounded by NBA glory, remembering Codey

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They would like to think the 17-year-old basketball player was with them, as his parents and brother and sister soaked in the sights and sounds of their first NBA game at the Air Canada Centre last night.

He wasn't, he can't be.

The talented 6-foot-6 centre for the Bathurst High School Phantoms never made the trip, his young promise snatched in the early morning darkness just outside his hometown.


Spurs notebook: Bonner pleased to visit Toronto

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During his two seasons in Toronto from 2004-06, Bonner attained cult hero status among Raptors fans, who seemed drawn to his everyman lifestyle. He never owned a car while in Toronto, relying mostly on the city's famed subway system from which Bonner borrowed his nickname.
Giant effort by Spurs' Ginobili: Career-high 15 boards, 34 points top Toronto

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Manu Ginobili rose for a jumper in the second quarter Monday in a mad race with the shot clock, forced to hoist a shot in desperation he didn't really want to try. On the way up, the ball slipped briefly from his hands, instantly increasing his degree of difficulty tenfold.

So, of course, Ginobili buried the basket anyway.


Raptors coach Sam Mitchell takes leave

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Raptors coach Sam Mitchell is taking a leave of absence so he can fly home to Atlanta following the death of his father-in-law.

A team spokesman said Monday that Mitchell left Toronto and will not rejoin the Raptors until after the All-Star break. Toronto's first game after the break is at home against Orlando on Feb. 20.


Raptors can't keep up with Spurs

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"He can do everything. He can drive, he can rebound, and he makes passes," Delfino added. "When you face someone who is making every shot you know if you give him the shot he will make it. If you give him the penetration he makes those shots, too. At that point, it is too hard to control because you don't know what to give."

The Raptors never figured it out.
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Yup, the Raps actually played some decent defense when it counted, but they looked awful on the other end.

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