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Raptors knock off Knicks

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"They were trapping Chris but they weren't trapping Rasho," said Mitchell. "The third quarter, we were able to get the ball inside to him and Rasho scored. He's been rebounding, his defence has just been unbelievable, he communicates under the basket, he's been an anchor for us."
Dark history lit by a silver flame

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Total wattage used for a typical Raptors home game at the Air Canada Centre has been estimated at 308,000 enough to light an average-sized school for more than a week. Amplified sound in the cavernous expanses can ricochet at a head-splitting 96 decibels, comparable to a jet taking off 300 metres away.
Raptors hope Johnson adds some grit to mix

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And if Colangelo said he hoped the acquisition would light a fire under certain feet, it didn't take a genius to figure out under whom the flames were meant to be lit.

Joey Graham, the bench-bound swingman who in October promised a breakout year that hasn't arrived, was a healthy addition to last night's inactive list. And the rest of the incumbent wings could have only missed the message if they weren't paying attention.

"Getting loose balls, getting on the floor, playing with some grit and toughness for our basketball team we can't keep asking for that (without results)," said Mitchell. "If it's not in someone's DNA, let's find someone who has it in their DNA."


These guys are good

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It evokes memories of Charles Oakley and Antonio Davis.

And it takes Raptors fans back in time when two front-court players knew their role, embraced it and played well off of each other.

While there's no one on the basketball planet quite like the inimitable Oak, the Raptors frontline of Chris Bosh and Rasho Nesterovic has turned heads, helping to turn around the team's recent fortunes.


Raptors cruise past Knicks

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"We're looking for those intangible things: getting on the floor for loose balls, bringing some grit and toughness to our basketball team," Mitchell said. "You can't keep asking for that. After a while of asking [if you don't get it], it's Bryan and my job to go find it. We've been asking for that, but if it's not in their DNA, let's find someone for who it is in their DNA."

The obvious object of the message is Jamario Moon, the Raptors' rookie who made the team as a defensive presence and energy source, but has been prone to inconsistency on both counts.
Trade Ford? For what, to who and how?

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For who? How about Jamal Crawford? If the Knicks end up hiring Scott Skiles as coach, it's unlikely Crawford would be well-received based on their days together with the Bulls in 2003-04, Skiles's first in Chicago and Crawford's last. The salaries match; the Knicks need a point guard. Crawford would give the Raptors an end-of-shot-clock scorer who can play both guard positions.


Raptors roll past Knicks

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Whatever is going on with Rasho Nesterovic these days, Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell would like to bottle it. Call it eau de Rasho.

After yet another excellent performance from the dependable reserve-turned-prolific starter Friday night during a 103-95 win over the New York Knicks, Mitchell was left to marvel at the 31-year-old's renaissance, once more.

"If we can just somehow keep him going the way he is going," Mitchell said, hope in his voice. "He is playing great."
The Isiah Thomas joke may be nearing its punchline

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Yes, yes, we will believe it when we see it, especially when we are talking about someone who seems to have a 50-50 shot of surviving a direct nuclear strike. As Toronto coach Sam Mitchell once said, "Instead of nine lives, Isiah's got about 40."


Raptors officially eliminate Knicks

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People close to Walsh claim that money will not be an issue, and usually with Dolan, the son of a billionaire, it never is. Walsh, however, wants assurances from Dolan that he can run the basketball operation his way. That would include everything from having the final say on all player transactions to revamping the team's suffocating media policy, one that even the players complain about.

It may not seem like a major sticking point, but consider the words of a former high-ranking Garden official when asked about Dolan's obsession with the media:

"He cares about that first and foremost," the official said. "He wants to win, don't get me wrong. But that's a distant second to the media."
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Trade Ford? For what, to who and how?


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For who? How about Jamal Crawford? If the Knicks end up hiring Scott Skiles as coach, it's unlikely Crawford would be well-received based on their days together with the Bulls in 2003-04, Skiles's first in Chicago and Crawford's last. The salaries match; the Knicks need a point guard. Crawford would give the Raptors an end-of-shot-clock scorer who can play both guard positions.

Me J would fit right in on that team. I would love too see TJ get water thrown in his face and a towel thrown at his head. With his attitude the knicks would have a hay day with TJ lol. The Knicks would treat MeJ as the team bitch. Come on BC send him to the Knicks lol.
I started a separate thread to discuss this reference raptor123.

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