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Fool's gold for Raps

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When they weren't getting favourable calls from the officials, Iverson and Anthony were making clutch jumpers and making life miserable for the Raptors, who have suddenly dropped back to the .500 level with a real possibility of sporting a losing record with the half-court minded, defensively strong Detroit Pistons paying a visit to the ACC on Wednesday night.

"We couldn't score enough points at the right time,'' Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell lamented.

"We did a lot of good things, but we just couldn't get over the hump."
Davidson humbles Hoyas

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Curry scored 25 of his 30 points in the second half and little Davidson rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit to stun No. 2 seed Georgetown 74-70 yesterday, sending the Wildcats to an improbable spot in the round of 16.

Davidson (28-6), which hadn't won an NCAA tournament game in 39 years before Friday, will face No. 3 seed Wisconsin in the Midwest Regional in Detroit.
Villanova books date with Kansas in Sweet 16

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Scottie Reynolds scored 25 points and Corey Stokes added 20 as the 12th-seeded Villanova Wildcats beat the Siena Saints 84-72 to reach the round of 16 for the third time in four years.

Villanova, one of the last teams picked for the tournament field, advanced to play top-seeded Kansas (33-3) in the regional semi-finals.
Bosh challenges mates

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Bosh, for one, is perplexed as to why players begin games with a focus and purpose, but somehow lose those edges when things get tough, as they did in yesterday's 109-100 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

"We just have to play basketball down the stretch because we don't worry about it in the first two quarters, so why worry about in the fourth,'' Bosh said.

"Doing the same things that got us success in the beginning are the things we don't do in the end.

"I know it gets harder down the stretch in games, but we should step our game up instead of taking steps back."


Bosh calls team out

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With a dozen games left in a season slipping away, Chris Bosh has fired a broadside at his teammates and issued them a challenge:

Be tougher. Be aggressive. Be smarter. Play better.
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"The thing that bothers me in the end of the games is (we're) just too hesitant," Bosh said after Toronto was outscored 11-2 in the final 2 1/2 minutes of its latest loss. "If I give up the ball, guys just have to go ahead and rely on their talent.

"I think we hesitate too much and think about it too much. We just have to play basketball down the stretch because we don't worry about it in the first three quarters, so why worry about it in the fourth?"
Raps flunk free throws, but still ace geography

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Indeed, while the Nuggets woke up this morning on pace to win 49 games and still out of the top eight in the NBA's superior conference, the Raptors, a plain-old .500 team mulling through a forgettable season, will mosey into April safe in the knowledge that they are, barring local apocalypse, post-season shoo-ins, at least partly because 11 of their remaining dozen game are against cohorts from the Eastern Conference, otherwise known as the D-Plus League.

What's it all mean? It means it's a great time to be employed in the East. George Karl, the Nuggets coach, shook his head at the geographical disparity last night and recalled a recent conversation with an old friend who may or may not be interested in making a return to the NBA bench.

"As I told Larry Brown, 'If you're coming back, go coach in the East.' (Brown) said, 'You're darn right,'" said Karl. "There's days (being in the West is) not fun. We joke all the time that if we were in the Eastern Conference we'd probably be resting our guys a little bit ... We don't know which (game) we can lose. We have to play like every one we have to win."
Broadcasters taking Madness to new hypes

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Why is it the guys charged with calling the games for viewers figure we have to be told how exciting this all is and constantly trip over their own tongues in doing so?

During Saturday's West Virginia-Duke game, CBS analyst Bob Wenzel told viewers, "Nobody wants to go home." No doubt those who thought the teams showed up for the handsome parting gifts were shocked to hear that.


Raptors fall back to .500

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His teammates' lack of success in crunch time will not make Bosh stop giving up the ball. But it might very well build up some more angst in the star forward, who finished one assist shy of his first career triple-double. He had 17 points and 12 rebounds.

"No, I have to [pass the ball]. I'm way past that. I just have to continue to be a team player no matter what the situation is in games," Bosh said. "If I have a chance to take somebody I'm going to take them, but if they [get] help, I'm going to put [the ball] in my teammates' hands. But when they get it - I believe in them to make plays. I want them to be aggressive."
Angry Bosh calls for shots

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Bosh was clearly frustrated by his team's performance in the final two minutes of the game, during which a 98-98 tie tipped Denver's way thanks in part to three fruitless Toronto possessions -- one that finished in a Bosh turnover, one in a bad pass by Anthony Parker, and one in a missed three-pointer by Jamario Moon. Like Friday's loss in Cleveland, the game was lost at the end.

"These last two games are a prime example," said Bosh. "We're in the game, when we get in the guts of the game, we kind of stop going to the basket, we don't shoot as many free throws, we don't step into wide-open shots -- we're shooting all contested jump shots. And that's tough."


No will, no way

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Bosh didn't have an overwhelming case for calling out his teammates for one of the few times in his career, considering Toronto's statistics. The Raptors shot a respectable 9-for-19 in the fourth quarter - enough to overcome a five-point Denver lead with just less than nine minutes to play as the Nuggets drilled four threes to start the period. Defence might have been a bigger problem as Denver shot 61.1 per cent in the final 12 minutes, including six of 11 threes.
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"If we want to win, [we have to change], plain and simple," said Bosh, who shot just 6-for-16 while being roughed up by Martin. "We're in a big stretch of games right now. We can shoot jump shots and win games every now and then. But those games where we have to go get it, it's going to be a lot tougher."


J.R.'s shooting in second period keys comeback

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"We don't win this game without his second-quarter spurt," Denver coach George Karl said. "He got us running, he got us aggressive to the rim, he got the penetration game back in the court, rather than the jump-shot game that we were doing most of the first quarter."
Nugs savor another K-Mart special

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Martin guarded Bosh for much for the night, and the two were often shoving and screaming. They even had a jump ball that looked like it could become a brawl.

Overall, Martin got the better of Bosh. Toronto's three- time all-star averages 22.3 points, but he scored 17 against Denver, missing his only fourth-quarter shot attempt.
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Old 03-24-2008, 09:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 03-24-2008, 09:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Let's hope by Bosh being critical of himself and his teammates that this wake's them up a bit. We'll be in tough against Detroit on Wednesday and New Orleans next Sunday, but if this team finds a way to lose on Friday night to the Knicks I'll be ready to snap. They'll be no excuses come Friday. :mad:
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Hey Doc your right on, "if this team finds a way to lose on Friday night to the Knicks I'll be ready to snap. They'll be no excuses come Friday." And if my #11 friend has anything to do with it everyone will then see the real dark side of raptor123. lol
The Denver game was a winnable game for us. We started strong then for some reason we lost the momentum. I said it before and I will say it again. The guy that we miss the most is Bargs. When he is in the zone we are such a better team. He was on fire in that first quarter. For a second there I thought that we would just run away with it in the first half. Somehow we must find a way to get consistent play from BARGS.The guy that will get us over the hump this year is not calderon, its not bosh, its not parker its not moon, definetly not Me J, but Mr. Inconsistent Andrea Bargnani.He was very aggressive in that first quarter but where was he in the fourth quarter ?
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I don't think Bargs is the difference maker this season at all. Right now I'm more content and I really hope come playoff time that Bargs is relegated to the bench and only used sparingly. Rasho has become more effective on both ends of the floor and consistent for the last month. We need more of a presence in the post and key and less beyond the arc. A Bosh/Rasho frontcourt to finish out this season should definitely make things interesting for us. Bargs just isn't doing what we require him to do.
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i think its cut ethat the Bosh man of zero balls is calling out his troops.

perhaps when Sam called him out earlier in the yeat for the same thing, he shouldn't have publicly argued with him.
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i think its cut ethat the Bosh man of zero balls is calling out his troops.

perhaps when Sam called him out earlier in the yeat for the same thing, he shouldn't have publicly argued with him.
I hear SJ, but what would you rather your best player do? I'm glad he's saying something and he knows he accountable too. He's just still getting back into form after his brief hiatus due to his injury. The other guys don't necessarily have an excuse for their poor play as of late.
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NO I say start Bargnani get him some serious post season experience.
honestly wer not going anywhere this year.
not even past the first round.
I recall making a gurantee earlier on this season .
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nah Doc, I like his comment, I like it a lot. It's just kinda nice to see that he finally gets it. It took a year of getting slapped around for him to see what Sam was saying.

I hope they listen to him.
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nah Doc, I like his comment, I like it a lot. It's just kinda nice to see that he finally gets it. It took a year of getting slapped around for him to see what Sam was saying.

I hope they listen to him.
Amen brother .... we need to be more passionate as a team. Hell, the fans are already passionate. I'm surprised we haven't rubbed off on the team yet.
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I'm surprised we haven't rubbed off on the team yet.
Yeah I always thought whining and bitching on message forums would be a good productive vehicle for change... what was I thinking
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we can always change from whiny to passionate, but you'll always be ugly.

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