Today in Raptorland - 3/10/08
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One for the road

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"We were really not aggressive at the beginning of the game,'' Nesterovic said. "They were much more aggressive and much more focused than we were.

"We talked about it at halftime and we just came out and said if we want to win, we have to do what we normally do. We have to be aggressive and focused."
Patience key for Il Mago

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What the Raptors don't want to see is for Bargnani to settle for perimeter jump shots.

And even though he struggled yesterday, at least Bargnani tried to create by using his dribble, ball fakes and his teammates.

His shot selection wasn't that bad, even though his stat line reads 6-of-21 shooting from the floor.


Rasho rocks Sonics

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"We put in a little set for him, not necessarily for him to score from that position, but to create some things," coach Sam Mitchell said of Nesterovic, who also contributed a season-high 17 points to the triumph.

"Rasho's smart enough to pick and choose when to score."

The new sets are designed to get the defence scrambling and initiate more motion in the Raptors' offence. They will go back to relying on Bosh whenever he gets back but in the interim, having someone able to pick and choose who to pass to – and when – out of the post is a luxury the Raptors haven't exploited all season.
Raptors cruising towards playoffs

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Even if they come back from the fitness coast without a win, which, without Chris Bosh, is entirely possible, they'd still be over .500. They'd still be playoff shoo-ins in a year in which it's likely that more than a couple of Eastern teams will make the playoffs with sub-.500 records. And the truth is, a bit of a dip in performance might actually help them in their ultimate goal of winning a first-round series. Not that a team can engineer its post-season seed, but the club most likely to finish third in the East, the Orlando Magic, is a far more attractive matchup for the Raptors than a Cleveland crew led by LeBron James.
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CBC's Friedman undoubtedly one of a kind

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During yesterday's Raptors game, Friedman interviewed GM Bryan Colangelo on the state of Chris Bosh's health. Friedman said there were rumours that Bosh's injury was worse than reported and simply asked, "True or not?"

When Colangelo said it wasn't, Friedman asked him to comment on the team's perceived lack of urgency. Neither question required a degree in rocket science, but they got to the heart of the matter.

In a halftime interview with Raptors coach Sam Mitchell, whose team was trailing an inferior opponent, Friedman just asked, ``What didn't you like?"
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Have you noticed that in his last four games, Andrea’s committed only four fouls in total? And it’s not like he hasn’t been in the fray, he’s had 17 rebounds in those four games – some of them even in traffic – so he’s actually hanging around the basket on defence. I’m not saying he’s “got it” entirely but even the big detractors out there have to admit he’s playing pretty well of late.

Even Sunday’s grotesque shooting line – 6-for-21, 0-for-7 from three – can be shrugged off as a bad night from the floor. You’d have to look pretty long and pretty hard to find one of those shots that was “bad.”

Kid’s piling up the minutes, too. More than 47 against Seattle, more than 48 against Washington, which makes those foul totals even more impressive.


Raptors get important win before trip out West

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"You get paid for that, you know," he said. "It's not a bad job to get so much money for what you like to do. I don't think about if I'm going to play two or 20 or 30 minutes. I never know what's going to happen, who's going to get injured, when they're going to need you. You just try to give something to the team and stay in shape."


Nesterovic comes through for Raptors

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"It's not a time to be playing without your best player," Seattle coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "To go on that trip when you're 100% is going to be difficult. Hopefully they can get Chris back at some point, because going in without Chris is really going to be a handful."


Sonics' turnovers trump good deeds against Raptors

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The Sonics did enough good things to pull off an upset against the Toronto Raptors. They had a higher shooting percentage, more free throws, more rebounds, more assists and more fast-break points.

They led after the first quarter, built a 12-point lead early in the second quarter, were ahead by four at halftime and received a monster game from Chris Wilcox, who hammered the Raptors much like the snowstorm that pounded this city for the previous two days.

Still those good deeds weren't enough to overcome 22 turnovers that led to 30 Raptors points in a game that ended with a 114-106 defeat in front of a capacity crowd of 19,800 at Air Canada Centre on Sunday afternoon.


Sonics need vets to navigate troubled waters

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"We just came out not ready to play to start the third quarter," Sonics coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "One of our guys didn't know what play we were running. We have a turnover. We just were really not ready to play, and it just snowballed."

When asked whether the turnover problem was the most disappointing aspect of the season, Carlesimo said: "Our defense is more disappointing than the turnovers, but the turnovers kill us. When you give up 30 points on turnovers, it's hard to talk about what the defense was like. We're too careless with the ball. We have people who are just disposed to turning over the ball, and you can't win with that."
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Old 03-10-2008, 11:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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She smuggling cookies under there?

I'm still not used to CBC broadcasting games yet, but can't argue with the national coverage. I'm really thrilled with how most of the country is embracing our ball team. Not sure how they are out on the west coast though.
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Ribs anyone?

Seriously though, Bargnani didn't play too badly last night. Some of the shots weren't falling, and at times, it did look like he was aiming the balling instead of shooting it, but he must have attempted 3-4 shots while driving to the net and it got an unkind rolls off the rim. In 1-2 years, those will drop. I know they're difficult shots because I saw Tim Duncan attempt similar shots yesterday and miss. Andrea is slowly regaining his confidence back, and at the right time.
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Speaking of the CBC, who does the fact checking for the Raps games? They asked when the consecutive game with a three pointer streak started and who the player was. The answer as told to us by Chuck was Mo Peterson in 1999. Too bad Mo wasn't a member of the Raps until 2000-2001. lol
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Friedman is top notch. CBC HD looks beautiful. The Score's presentations is a close second, but the TSN and RAPS TV games are brutal in my opinion. Does anyone here actually listen to what buck-tooth sherm and lame ass PJ say when they are on?
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Speaking of the CBC, who does the fact checking for the Raps games? They asked when the consecutive game with a three pointer streak started and who the player was. The answer as told to us by Chuck was Mo Peterson in 1999. Too bad Mo wasn't a member of the Raps until 2000-2001. lol

I was wondering who what was?! I guessed at Vince, but somehow I missed it when they gave the answer. Did they say Mo Pete???
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