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Old 02-24-2008, 10:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Defensive lapses costing victories

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"For the playoff stretch (drive), we've got to be healthy and we have to start being able, when a guy's going off on us, to make an adjustment on the fly," said Mitchell.

"(Friday) night, the guy started scoring and we were afraid to do what we were taught to do.

"We're going to keep working on it. It's something we worked on (yesterday)."
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Q: I've noticed that Andrea's shot seems very flat this year. Not sure what Hopla's impact was with Bargs but curious to know if any of the current Raptor coaches have been working with Bargs to get some more arc in his shot.
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A: They work on his shooting every single day in the gym.


Ford drives home point of playing alongside Jose

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Jose Calderon has been saying it for months, and now T.J. Ford has emphatically jumped on the bandwagon.

The two point guards want to stay together for as long as possible -- even though they would have a lot more to gain from a personal standpoint if they split up.

"Do I think it can continue to work? Yes I do," said Ford this week, when asked about sharing duties with Calderon. "I think we both continue to make each other better. We set high expectations for one another (and) I think we do a good job supporting one another and I think our relationship is great."
It's all in the head

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The club's all-star power forward did say that the loss to New York mainly was the result of his team's lack of mental toughness. Toronto is a team that has beaten two of the best teams in the NBA (San Antonio and Boston) on their home courts, but then lost games to inadequate squads such as the Knicks and Philadelphia. Bosh said mental toughness is a byproduct of experience.

"I think that mental toughness (when we get it) will put us over the top and help us win games," Bosh said yesterday, following practice. "And that comes with time and experience. We're just now getting to where we're playing well at home again. Now we have to play well on the road. And if we just don't have it some night, we just have to find a way to win."


Eddy Curry has become big bust

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Curry, who left practice before reporters were let into the gym yesterday, played just nine minutes in the Knicks' win over the Raptors on Friday. Based on Thomas' logic, Curry won't play much tonight in Toronto because he isn't quick enough to guard Andrea Bargnani, the Raptors' jump-shooting big man.


Knicks' Crawford can score, but is he a winner?

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Will Jamal Crawford ever be more than a streaky, low-percentage shooter? Can the man who never has been on a winning team become a winning player?

Crawford says yes, of course. Says he's developing as a leader. Says he tries to lift his team when he feels it sagging.

Like Friday night, for example. Crawford sensed the Knicks were in a heap of trouble when they fell behind the Raptors by 14 points in the second quarter.

In their previous game, the Knicks had lost by 40 to the 76ers. Crawford didn't want to see that happen again.


New Piston Juan Dixon determined to work

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Guard Juan Dixon praised the city of Toronto, Raptors management and coaches, and his former teammates when he spoke to the media for the first time as a Piston on Friday.

Then he got to the point -- he's unquestionably glad he's not there anymore.
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Old 02-24-2008, 10:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 02-24-2008, 10:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah .... definitely one of the better Sunshine Girls we've ever seen.

Anyhow, I love how the New York media are all over Curry again but this time calling him a "bust".
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Note to Knicks: Curry was a bust long before he got to you guys.
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Old 02-24-2008, 12:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Note to Knicks: Curry was a bust long before he got to you guys.
True, but last season he looked pretty darn good. Now he's fallen back on old habits and is once again out of shape.
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Old 02-24-2008, 01:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Curry is a bust and he has one too...he needs a "Bro".
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Speaking of a bust...would you look at the lungs on her!
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Speaking of a bust...would you look at the lungs on her!
Yes...but why the tacky "Bunny" tat??
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Old 02-24-2008, 03:18 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yes...but why the tacky "Bunny" tat??
agreed. i wonder if she'll keep that into her fifties and sixties. or who knows, maybe she keeps rabbits like i do, and likes to dress them up in tuxes, though not like i do.
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Jose Calderon has been saying it for months, and now T.J. Ford has emphatically jumped on the bandwagon.

The two point guards want to stay together for as long as possible -- even though they would have a lot more to gain from a personal standpoint if they split up.

"Do I think it can continue to work? Yes I do," said Ford this week, when asked about sharing duties with Calderon. "I think we both continue to make each other better. We set high expectations for one another (and) I think we do a good job supporting one another and I think our relationship is great."
Wait a second, I'm totally confused. I thought TJ was supposed to be a bitter, spiteful player now that he's no longer the starter. Our 'sources' here have claimed that he'll demand a way out of this team because naturally, he hates it here now.
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agreed. i wonder if she'll keep that into her fifties and sixties. or who knows, maybe she keeps rabbits like i do, and likes to dress them up in tuxes, though not like i do.
At that age, those bunny ears will sag so much, it'll look like a beagle instead of a bunny.
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I had an arguement with someone online few years back, he said E.Curry would be better then Bosh 3 years from then.
I'd really like to finish our discussion
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Wait a second, I'm totally confused. I thought TJ was supposed to be a bitter, spiteful player now that he's no longer the starter. Our 'sources' here have claimed that he'll demand a way out of this team because naturally, he hates it here now.
Yeah, I'm confused about that too and I still think he won't like being Jose's back-up either. As much as Jose would go back as a back-up because that's the kind of team player he is, this franchise would be stupid to do such a thing after the way he's performed. So either Ford need to put up or shut up this summer. If he doesn't like it, then let BC make the problem go away.
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Wait a second, I'm totally confused. I thought TJ was supposed to be a bitter, spiteful player now that he's no longer the starter. Our 'sources' here have claimed that he'll demand a way out of this team because naturally, he hates it here now.
Its all sunshine and lolipops when he is coming off an injury when he was semi contemplating retirement over. Mix in Jose lighting it up while he was out, what can he say, he is pissed and expects to be start asap? Only a dimwit would come out and say that. This is sports, you say the right things if your smart, not how you really feel. He might be telling the truth, but i dont think we will know til he has more games like 2night and gets back to 100% and expects way more min and perhaps to start, until then i would take what he says with a grain of salt.
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In regards to the sunshine girl, i saw the other pic's of here, and she has a huge ass tattoo on her lower back( i call those target tattoo's, if you catch my drift) and she has another one on her arm, kinda like the one pam anderson has. i cant stand tat's on girls, it'll be wrinkle gibberish in a few years
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curry... pfffft.

watching him live in person, i totally see how NBA scouts were drooling at this kid's potential.
the guy is massive, big shoulders, height, stature... girth.
he actually didnt look fat IMO.
he was easily the biggest on the floor by a wide margin.

he should be dominating... instead he's a complete waste of space.
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curry... pfffft.

watching him live in person, i totally see how NBA scouts were drooling at this kid's potential.
the guy is massive, big shoulders, height, stature... girth.
he actually didnt look fat IMO.
he was easily the biggest on the floor by a wide margin.

he should be dominating... instead he's a complete waste of space.
I'd make a run at him.

He's a good situation away from being a good situation.

Trust, you can see it in his eyes, he's just lost.

If Curry can get the hell outta NYC, he'll grow into a great big man.
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