Today in Raptorland - 3/18/08
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A couple bright spots on a dismal trip

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Four games into a five-game battle royale that has left the Raptors bloodied, finding a positive on this trip is about as easy as avoiding the NCAA tournament on your hotel TV.

All but impossible.

But coach Sam Mitchell, in the wake of a fourth consecutive loss, and a guy whose job it is to keep the troops up even in the midst of a season-high, four-game losing streak heading into last night's tilt with the Utah Jazz wasn't going to let mere results keep him or his team down.
Raptors Unable to Stay with Jazz

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On the night, the Jazz shot an impressive 55% to the Raptors' 40%.

"We were right there, it was maybe a six-point game there three minutes into the fourth," Raptors' Rasho Nesterovic said. "We are on the right track. We just have to keep our composure and just keep going where we left off today."

Nesterovic had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds in just shy of 37 minutes.

"Those two technicals just got us a little bit out of the way," Nesterovic said of T.J. Ford's back-to-back technicals and ejection five minutes into the fourth quarter.
A Heavy Load for Rasho

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Sunday night with the Raptors, Nesterovic bumped that by more than a minute and a half as he played all but 23 seconds of the 48-minute game.

Nesterovic said he was feeling fine heading into last night's game other than the green Raptor uniform he was being forced to wear. It wasn't sitting well with Nesterovic. "It's not our colour," he said.
Fab Freshman

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Michael Beasley and O.J. Mayo have no intention of playing for one-and-done teams in the NCAA tournament.

Their college futures may be another matter.

Many of the nation's top freshmen, including Beasley of Kansas State and Mayo of Southern Cal, are expected to make this year's tourney their final college basketball showcase before heading to the NBA.
Arenas Increases Tempo at Practice

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Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas is increasing the intensity of his workouts in an attempt to return this season from knee surgery.

The all-star guard had an MRI on his surgically repaired left knee. He underwent surgery Nov. 21.

"They said everything healed," Arenas said. "They want me to ramp it back up -- go full speed."


How the West was Lost

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he four losses before last night had to be weighing on his mind too, games when his play had been spotty, including a night in Oakland when he'd been publicly chided by his coach and a teammate for trying to do too much on his own.

And the final indignity came as another game slipped away on his watch and T.J. Ford snapped. He lost it. He exploded. He'd finally had enough.

"I just got a little frustrated, lost my temper," said Ford, who was thrown out of Toronto's 96-79 loss to the Utah Jazz, a game that turned dramatically in five fourth-quarter minutes for which Ford was in charge.
Everybody Loves a Winner

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Conversely, nobody wants anything to do with a loser, as Raptors' Martin found out
Spaniards Facing 14 mil Payout

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The Toronto Raptors' lawsuit filed last week against the Spanish basketball federation could amount to more than $14 million (Canadian) the club claims it is owed on an insurance policy involving injured forward Jorge Garbajosa.

The Raptors' parent company, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., filed a statement of claim against the Federacion Espanola de Baloncesto in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice last Friday.


Going Green can't help Raptors

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The Toronto Raptors wore green uniforms last night in honour of St. Patrick's Day. And they ended their NBA road trip like a rowdy St. Patty's bar clears out at the end of the night.

In other words, not without a donnybrook.

The Raptors discovered it's not easy wearing green, nor winning at the Energy Solutions Arena, during a 96-79 loss to the Utah Jazz. The Raptors completed their road trip through the Western Conference without a win and also extended their season-long losing streak to five games.
From Deep

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Ford said he exploded in frustration because of what was transpiring during this game alone, but we all know itís frustration from what has happened over the last several games or weeks. He is just a confused guy right now, passing when he should shoot, shooting when he should pass, and coming off the bench when he is accustomed to starting. If Chris Bosh returns Wednesday and can get Ford back to normal, that might be as valuable as 20 and 10 per night.


Raps Finish Awful Trip Winless

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Ford's frustration - and by extension, that of his team - came pouring out.

With 6:59 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Toronto Raptors' game Sunday night in Utah, Ford let loose some unbridled anger at referee Eddie F. Rush. He could have been upset about his own play, his team's play or his role on the team.

The result was two technical fouls and an automatic ejection for Ford, the lowlight of a 96-79 loss to the Jazz.


Jazz Tie home Record for Win Streak

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imply being in their home arena isn't enough for the Utah Jazz to log wins; they've got to work for them, too.

Toronto reminded the Jazz of that Monday night as the Raptors, missing star Chris Bosh and playing the second game of a back-to-back, almost spoiled Utah's home winning streak before falling 96-79 at EnergySolutions Arena.

Utah's win tied the franchise record for home win streaks at 19, reached twice before, but it won't be the most memorable victory in the run that started on New Year's Eve with a win over Portland.
Price Makes Most of his Chance to Shine

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As the clock ticked down in the fourth quarter Monday night at EnergySolutions Arena, Ronnie Price kept waiting . . . and waiting . . . and waiting.

To his surprise, nothing happened.

Starting point guard Deron Williams stayed on the bench and Price stayed on the floor, where he quarterbacked the Jazz during the decisive stretch of their 97-79 victory over Toronto.

"You know, I normally have a little set schedule of when I'm coming in and when I'm coming out," Price said. "So, yeah, I looked over my shoulder a few times." ...He's been struggling a little bit with his shot and I think it had gotten into him a little bit mentally. But he came out tonight, shook it off and played great." One other thing. "He frustrated T.J. Ford," Williams said, trying not to smile.

With 6:59 remaining, Ford collided with Price on a drive to the basket. He was called for an offensive foul and two technicals, which meant automatic ejection.
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Sam Mitchell Triggers Ford-led fourth quarter meltdown

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The Raptors led by Jose Calderon had just finished a third quarter which had rescued this game from getting out of hand. The Raptors had slowed the tempo and the scoreboard down in the third quarter winning it 27-18 by playing gritty paint defense and by riding Jose Calderonís hot shooting. A 9 point halftime deficit had been entirely erased and with the fourth quarter set to go, the Raptors were smelling a San Antonio like upset. Thatís when Sam Mitchell tried to get too smart for his own good. He inserted the volatile and struggling TJ Ford who went 1-4, turned the ball over twice, got himself into a one-on-one contest with Ronnie Price and the official, picked up two technicals and was sent packing. Add it all up and a 65-65 game had turned into an 81-69 ball game with 6:58 to go and Utah had the momentum with the crowd fully in to it. Game over. The crazy part might be that if it hadnít been for the technicals, Ford would have continued to play the PG while Calderon and his hot hand cooled off on the bench. Mind boggling ****, how many times has this happened already?
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Old 03-18-2008, 12:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is so sad ... when we'll get a nice Sunshine girl?
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This is so sad ... when we'll get a nice Sunshine girl?
How do you know she's not nice??
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errrr ... beautiful, I meant beautiful. Yeah, she can be a nice person.
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why insult her, bet ya all you have you'd happily date her ya ugly bastard
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Its March.


You prefer fake radiated tans?
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You prefer fake radiated tans?

No...how about some Indian/Asian/Black ladies instead of a pastey white Scarberian??
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when i saw her picture, was it wrong of me to instantly panic and click on the new "Boss/Wide" feature?
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when i saw her picture, was it wrong of me to instantly panic and click on the new "Boss/Wide" feature?
My shrink thinks you are attracted to large ladies.
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why insult her, bet ya all you have you'd happily date her ya ugly bastard
you know, there aren't ugly girls, only no drunk enough guys.
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