Today in Raptorland - 3/12/08
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Raptors come up a bit short

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Knowing they couldn't survive a typical Kobe Bryant onslaught, the Raptors decided to live with the chance Bryant's supporting cast would let him down but instead, the likes of Derek Fisher and Jordan Farmar and Lamar Odom buried Toronto under an avalanche of three-pointers Tuesday night.

"We knew we were going to give up some three-point shots," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said after the Lakers made 15 of them in a 117-108 victory at the Staples Center.

"We were trying to get to the three-point shooters but they made some threes on us. We kept them off the free-throw line, we didnít turn the ball over, we did a lot of good things but they made some threes."
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Q: Sunday afternoon on CBC, the half time segment was a sit down with T.J. Ford, the suddenly disgruntled backup to Jose Calderon. T.J. revealed something to us Raptor faithful. He stated the player he would most want to be like is...wait for it...Stephon Marbury? Is that as worrisome as I think it is? Marbury has been a cancerous sore on every team he has played for. He is more concerned with his bank account, his "Starbury" clothing line and his ego to ever be a winner. He threw a hissy fit and left his dismal New York Knicks this year because he wasn't going to start a game. Somehow, Isiah didn't throw all of his belongings out of the closest open window at MSG.

My question is, will T.J.'s me first personality eventually start to hurt a team as close as the Raptors? If he continues to struggle and the boo's continue to rain on him after turnovers? Will he mope into BC's office and ask to be moved?

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A: I didnít see the interview, obviously, so Iíll take your word for it.

I donít think itís worrisome at all. Whatever youíre perception of T.J. is, itís had no impact on the locker room and I donít imagine it will.

Let me ask you something, and itís not personal, itís only Ďcause youíre here:

Letís say you were tops in your job, the go-to guy from the boss for all the big assignments. Letís say you got sick, like mononucleosis or something and you had to take eight weeks off. Letís say you came back to work and your boss had changed your job. Letís say he gave all the big assignments to the guy across the cubicle from you, all exactly the same things you did, and did well, for years.

Would you smile every minute of the day? Or would it take you a week or so to get over the expected disappointment?

Again, not you personally, but you get my point?


Lakers rule from the arc

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The 15 three' by an opponent were a season-high by a Raptors opponent, but it's not as if teams have suffered that badly against Toronto in this category. It's just that usually the Raptors are either right with them or ahead negating the impact.

That wasn't the case last night.
Mitchell's men take a cushion on their trip

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Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell has had them on his radar for the past few weeks. He has been telling anyone willing to listen that the Raptors were fortunate to come out of the season series with Philadelphia with a 3-1 record, even if the one loss was one of the real stinkers of the Raptors' season.

Fortunately for Mitchell and his club, the Sixers are looking at a pretty demanding schedule the rest of the way. Of their 18 remaining games, nine are against Detroit, San Antonio, Denver, Boston, Cleveland and Orlando.


Mitchell's gameplan comes up short

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T.J. Ford led Toronto with 28 points, including 14 in a fantastic fourth quarter. Though bothered by an abdominal strain that he admitted limited him, Ford guarded Bryant and even tried to dunk on the taller guard in the final period.

"I don't really trust myself because I know how quickly [the muscle] will tighten up," said Ford, suggesting that better performances are to come. "It's just one of those things you have to play with Ö it's a matter of getting focused mentally and not worrying about the injury."
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Letís face it; the Raptors werenít ever really going to win this game. The Lakers just have too many guys ready and willing to make plays down the stretch, Kobe foremost among them. But Ford blew the coverage on the last triple by Fisher. There was no need to help on Bryant when he drove he lane. Rasho was there as was Parker. But with Ford cheating into the paint Fisher was more open than open and had time to set up for the pass out from Bryant and that was pretty much the ball game.

Raptors' road trip begins with whimper

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Some of the Raptors, meanwhile, looked as if they were still dealing with jet lag two days after leaving for the West coast. Most notably, starting point guard Jose Calderon delivered a lethargic performance.

He did manage a team-high six assists, but turned the ball over an uncharacteristic three times. As well, Calderon missed five of his six field-goal attempts, and failed to keep up with the quick pace the Lakers were setting.


Less is more for Bryant

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Bryant was less concerned, saying the Lakers had to do "nothing" about their suddenly questionable penetration defense.

"You just let him go ahead and get 28," he said. "If that's what the guards want to do, that's fine. You just let him go in there and contest his shot. That's fine by us as long he's not getting other guys involved."
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Curious sentence by Kobe Bryant:

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"You just let him go ahead and get 28," he said. "If that's what the guards want to do, that's fine. You just let him go in there and contest his shot. That's fine by us as long he's not getting other guys involved."
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Is it really? It's a well-known fact opposing teams try to make our point guards scorers by cutting off the passing lanes and give them the paint. Toronto's known for ball distribution and great shooting and its' been that way for almost 2 years now. No big surprise to me.
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Is it really? It's a well-known fact opposing teams try to make our point guards scorers by cutting off the passing lanes and give them the paint. Toronto's known for ball distribution and great shooting and its' been that way for almost 2 years now. No big surprise to me.
So you are basically saying everyone prefers to play agaisnt a Pg that scores than to PG that assist? you are saying a scorer is less dangerous than a passer.
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So you are basically saying everyone prefers to play agaisnt a Pg that scores than to PG that assist? you are saying a scorer is less dangerous than a passer.
I'm saying you take away an opposing players best weapon yes...that's common sense. The good point guards make you pay for that choice... Steve Nash for example can score so you can't leave him open all game. Tj obviously can score and did... we just didn't get any stops. Despite what some people on this board thing, TJ is also an excellent passer and reader of defences and has very good court vision..the lakers took that away from him and made him a scorer..and scored enough points to seal the win. Jose can score normally, but last night could not score. In JOse's first year he couldn't score so teams played off him and rendered him rather ineffective as we all recall...its' good to see him improve that area of his game so now at least you have to pick your poison.
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TJ is also an excellent passer and reader of defences and has very good court vision.

I completely agree, the problem is he sometimes forgets he can do that.
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I completely agree, the problem is he sometimes forgets he can do that.
Especially when he's being asked to score in Bosh's absence yes. I am confident when the big guy returns and TJ's asked to be a distributor first again things will settle down.
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