Today in Raptorland - 3/26/08
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Drop in standings sobering for Raps

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"In the last three or four minutes of a game, we sit back and hope someone misses a shot or makes a bad play,'' Mitchell said.

"We have to go out and force a missed shot, force a bad play."

In other words, it's all about attitude, a trait that isn't so easily fixed.

Outside of Bosh or when T.J. Ford is playing in sync, the Raptors don't have many mentally tough players.
Encouraging words

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"Rasheed likes to mix it up,'' Bosh said. "He likes to get involved by talking, but you can't take it personally."

Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell has high praise for Wallace, whom he battled during Mitchell's playing days.

"Rasheed is big, quick and strong," Mitchell said. "He knows how to play guys. He's no dummy."


Mitchell keeping his cool

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The Pistons, who won their 50th game of the season on Monday by topping the Phoenix Suns in overtime, are certainly not going to be an easy opponent for the Raptors tonight. "They just execute you to death,'' said Mitchell. "You look up and they've scored six, seven baskets in a row you went from being up two to down 10.''
Bosh's call-out bang on, but team relies on him

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The flaw in Bosh's Sunday night call-out of the teammates was that, as well as he'd played, coming within an assist of the first Toronto triple-double in seven years, he was a victim on the two biggest plays of the evening.

His defender, the veteran Kenyon Martin, essentially baited Bosh into unfavourable situations to set up two Denver steals in the final couple of minutes. Nobody's saying Bosh couldn't have used more help from his friends. But it's also essential he dominate his one-on-one matchup.

That's the thing about making $13 million a season, which is about $5 million more than the other four guys in the starting lineup earn combined.

The team's built around you.

When the game's on the line, it relies on you. When you don't come through, it dies with you.


Raptors get potential playoff preview

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The unheralded Philadelphia 76ers, a half-game up on Toronto in sixth place as of yesterday, have gone 10-2 in March, with wins over quality opponents such as the Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, Pistons, Boston Celtics and Cleveland.

The Washington Wizards were 1 1/2 games ahead in fifth spot. They've won six of their past seven and will be bolstered as Caron Butler, who missed 16 games with hip problems, returns to form. They begin a tough five-game Western Conference swing tonight, but can also look forward to getting star guard Gilbert Arenas back from a knee injury.

The Raptors are faced with creating some momentum out of nothing.
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Now sure, Washington starts a five-game Western road trip tonight. And Philly has Boston again and Cleveland twice coming up. It makes sense to think they're due to come to earth and the Raptors will finally hit their stride.

But increasingly the Raptors might be looking at the seventh seed strictly on merit.


Raptors Notebook: An unhappy anniversary for Raptors' Garbajosa

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In a pair of games against the Pistons this season, Chris Bosh has shot 14-for-32 from the floor, averaging 19.5 points per game.

Playing against Rasheed Wallace, Bosh said, requires an entirely different mindset.

"It's like a chess match with that guy, because he kind of baits you into taking jumpshots. If you miss a couple, it's going to be a long night for you," Bosh said. "You have got to mix it up on him, give him a whole bunch of moves because he is good at guarding one move."


Inside Jack McCloskey -- the great Bad Boys orchestrator

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The 1982 NBA trading deadline was literally a minute away, and always-cool Trader Jack was sweating.

Pistons general manager Jack McCloskey thought he had a deal with Cavaliers owner Ted Stepien. The Pistons would send Phil Hubbard, Paul Mokeski and first- and second-round draft picks that summer to the Cavs for Kenny Carr and Bill Laimbeer.

But Stepien still had reservations.

McCloskey called the league office and asked for a couple minutes' grace. He had an idea.

"I called Ted right back and told him that he needed to have a nice Polish kid on this team," recalled McCloskey, now 82. "I remembered that Ted was Polish. That immediately sold him on the deal. We wound up getting Bill Laimbeer because Mokeski was Polish."


Raptors attempt to fix troubles

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The Raptors slide started when Bosh missed 10 games with a right knee strain. They were also without backup point guard T.J. Ford for 27 games. On top of that, Andrea Bargnani is going through a sophomore slump (10.6 points, 39 percent shooting).
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Bosh and Tj mentally tough?, I dont think so...
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So, they havent been mentally tough for the whole year and their career, but now they are going to be tough in the playoffs. How do you get to that conclusion?
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