Today in Raptorland - 4/29/08
Old 04-29-2008, 08:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Raps one and done

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"We knew coming into this series that we needed to score points," Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell said. "We weren't going to hold this team to 70 or 80 points because they've got so many weapons. We just didn't score enough."
Ford acknowledges his career in T.O. may be over

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Once the cameras had been turned off, Ford was asked if he felt he had played his last game for the Raps. He smiled before replaying: "No, not really, but I also know it's a business and I've been through that process before so it won't be anything new for me if that were to happen. Do I think it will happen? No, but I'm not sure. I don't really know. I guess we'll see how it goes."
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Mitchell likes to tell people the Raptors are a young team. Colangelo likes to tell people his best building blocks -- Bosh, Ford, Bargnani -- all are 25 and under. Only Bosh doesn't want to hear this young team stuff anymore. He's young and already tired of losing in the first round.

"I never use that (we're too young) excuse," Bosh said. "You have to do it now. You can't always say you're young, you're young, because one day you're going to look up and you're old."


Season over for deflated Raptors

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"If we have somebody that is aggressive on the offensive end, creating plays, making shots and getting to the basket ..." said Bosh, his thought trailing off. "I think we have some shooters, but if our shooters develop a talent where they can take guys off the dribble, that'll make us a lot better."
Howard flexes his muscle on Raptors

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So excuse Toronto's rail-thin all-star if he carried himself with the rickety gait of a 24-year-old going on 64.

"I've been wrestling more than I usually do," said Bosh.
Ford wants to stick around

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"I want to be back," said Ford, who played 24 minutes of Toronto's season-ending 102-92 loss to the Magic here last night. "I never said anything about wanting to leave."
It's perfect timing for Turkoglu

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It was precisely because of that kind of late-game heroics that Turkoglu won the award over second-place Rudy Gay and third-place LaMarcus Aldridge in voting by 125 members of the print and broadcast media from North America. Turkoglu had 61 first-place votes, easily out-distancing the competition.

Toronto's Jose Calderon finished seventh in the voting, with two first-place votes, 10 second and five third.
Mitchell defends lacklustre Bargnani

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"He didn't shoot the ball as well as he would have liked and we would have liked (but) felt like he grew up a little bit," said coach Sam Mitchell. "He had to play against this young man every night, Dwight (Howard), and he competed and he battled and he didn't hang his head down."

But there is no way the Raptors are going to give up on him.

"He's 22 years old and the fortunate thing is he's been in the playoffs his first two years in the NBA which is a huge thing," said Mitchell. "Every year you go and every game you play, you're going to continue to get better."
Some (quick) Game 5 thoughts, pre-flight update

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Itís a foregone conclusion that unrestricted free agents Darrick Martin and Primoz Brezec are finished as Ratpors. But who else goes?

You know Bryanís going to be out there beating the drums for trades so Iíll leave that speculation for tomorrow.

The two restricted free agents are interesting. Well, one is, actually because Colangelo is going to re-sign Jose.

But what about Carlos? What do they do with him? Thatís a tough one because I love the guyís game when heís on, when heís off, itís ugly. But I think a three year deal for around $9 million total, maybe $10 million, makes entire sense. As your ninth guy, heís good.


Raptors eliminated from playoffs
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Bosh needs help, as this series has proven, more than previously thought. The Raptors' other pillar ó stellar point guard play ó appeared shaky, too, as for the fourth time in five games the Magic's Jameer Nelson was the best quarterback on the floor. His three-pointer with three minutes remaining left the crowd at the Amway Arena roaring and the Raptors down 10, with no sign of a pulse.


Magic knock Raptors out of playoffs

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The Raptors made it to six games against New jersey last season, but a 38% success rate from the field in the second half, including just two three-pointers, sealed the Raptors' fate.

"We just couldn't score enough," coach Sam Mitchell said, a common refrain of his this season. "We didn't make enough shots."
Bosh couldn't deliver when it counted

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"I'm just going to continue to get better," said Bosh. "I have a philosophy that you have to do it now. [As a team] you can't keep saying Ďnext time next time next time.' "


Magic win first playoff series in 12 years

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"We'd have taken it any way we could get it -- even if we had to make 30 3s; look, we struggled in this series with our greatest weapon -- but we won Game 4 and Game 5 fighting like crazy," Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy said.

"Fightin', fightin', fightin'. We developed some toughness."


I'LL TAKE RAP FOR SAM SLAM

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"I didn't get an NBA head job so young [39] because I was stupid," scolded Mitchell from Orlando, where Toronto was eliminated last night in the first round. "And I didn't keep my job when Bryan Colangelo took charge because I was stupid. I'm here because my team plays hard, unselfishly and is prepared.

"Bryan could've given me two-year guarantee. He gave me three. I don't think he got to where he is today because he's stupid."
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I wonder what she looks like when she exhales?
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Old 04-29-2008, 09:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 04-29-2008, 09:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 04-29-2008, 10:25 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:37 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It’ll be the hot-button issue, well, one of them at least, for the next little while but seeing how Jose finished every close game down the stretch of the season and every close game in the playoffs, it’s obvious who’s No. 1 in the eyes of the coaching staff right now. It’d be too bad if that’s how Ford went out, he can do some exciting stuff on the court; I just don’t think he can do it here.
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Old 04-29-2008, 01:48 PM   #9 (permalink)
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"We just didn't score enough"... grr... Yeah, it really had nothing to do with our shit defence. Really.
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Old 04-29-2008, 03:47 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 04-29-2008, 04:12 PM   #12 (permalink)
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