Update: Raptors Get In Late

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
By Jon Newberry

The Raptors had a little trouble getting out of Indianapolis last two days after losing to the Pacers on Monday night. The snow and ice forced Toronto to check back into their hotel until they were able to take an early charter to Atlanta this morning. The delay did not push back the timing of their shootaround too much, as the Raptors were seen unloading the team bus at Philips Arena at 11 this morning.
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Despite Toronto’s 12-game losing streak, captain Joe Johnson knows that any team in the NBA can be dangerous. Even though the Hawks have beaten the Raptors twice this season on the road, the second contest required some late-game heroics from Jamal Crawford and Mike Bibby.

“Every game is not going to be the same,” said Joe after this morning’s shootaround. “We understand that. I think we’ll have to come with our hardhats. This is a team that is very relentless when it comes to crashing the glass. They have guys that can really put the ball in the hole. We know if they get their confidence that they’re going to be a tough team, so we will try and get them outta there early.”

10 Responses to “Update: Raptors Get In Late”

  1. HAWKSINSIDER

    The Raptors are throwing up shots like crazy and there not even playin defense

    #2205
  2. HAWKSINSIDER

    Hopefully KG gets injured for Jsmoove can get in their are Paul Peirce but heres my list of snubs
    The 2010-2011 West All-Stars
    Starters
    Kevin Durant
    Carmelo Anthony
    Kobe Bryant
    Chris Paul
    Yao Ming (Injured)

    Reserves
    Tim Duncan
    Pau Gasol
    Blake Griffin
    Manu Ginobili
    Dirk Nowitzki
    Russell Westbrook
    Deron Williams

    So, who is missing from that list? Let’s look at some of the players who will be most chapped to learn that they won’t be headed to Los Angeles to strut their stuff on President’s Day Weekend.

    Kevin Love
    Now you’re just getting me mad. Kevin Love is, quite literally one of the best young rebounders the league has ever seen. And that’s not all he does. His PER is sixth in the whole NBA — there’s not a single All-Star reserve who is ahead of him. David Thorpe (Insider) wrote the other day that Blake Griffin has the potential to be an MVP, but Love is the better All-Star pick right now: “His combination of rebounding and outside shooting is possibly the best the game has ever seen. If his team looked for him more in the post, he’d be having an even better season than he is, which is extraordinary.”

    Kevin Martin
    If Yao Ming were healthy and productive, there’s a chance the Chinese audience would have voted this guy a starter like they did in the past for Tracy McGrady. To say he scores efficiently is a vast understatement. He shoots 3s as well as any heavy-volume shooter, and leads the league in free throws made. And while he has the reputation of a standstill shooter, his game-winner last night — an athletic and-1 over Al Jefferson — is an integral part of his game too. Were he more selfish, his scoring totals would make him an obvious pick, but he wouldn’t be as helpful to his team.

    LaMarcus Aldridge
    How amazing is ex-Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard? The team’s two best players go down, and a third emerges as a double-double monster and leader of a playoff-caliber team. On sheer production, Aldridge is on the bubble, especially when you factor in how he started the season (and, for that matter, his career). And it sure doesn’t help that his team is middling, and plays games that start incredibly late for a lot of voters. However, here’s what you’re missing: All-Star games are about stellar plays, a good hunk of which are lobs. Not sure anybody finishes more lobs than this long, fast leaper. It would have been pretty.

    Monta Ellis
    Turn off your inner critic for a moment. Speak not of efficiency, nor wins and losses. Take a deep breath. Go to your happy place. Listen to the airy music. And just watch what this guy does: He takes big piles of nothing and turns them into and-1s. He takes your lazy passes and makes them steals and dunks. He takes double teams and splits them. He takes your slow defender and makes him fall over. He takes your outstretched arms, and, little though he is, shoots over them, and hits every time. At least, that’s how it goes in the highlight reel. He’d be fun to watch in Los Angeles. (And Commissioner Stern, think how much cheaper the travel would be, sending a guy who lives a tad farther up the coast.)

    Steve Nash
    The two-time MVP is doing just about everything as well as he ever did. Now the supporting cast, and the W-L record, are both far less impressive. Should that matter? Yes, of course, in some ways. The challenge to every NBA player is to win. On the other hand, if not an All-Star berth, what way is there to honor the otherworldly play of an aging hero doomed by his owner’s questionable leadership? Hollinger: “What we’re basically saying is that Nash was responsible for having Amare Stoudemire and Shawn Marion on his team, and now it’s his fault that they’re gone.”

    David West
    In addition to being the featured big man in Chris Paul’s multifaceted attack, West is also now the starting forward for a title-quality defense. If the Hornets could upgrade their wing players, Paul, West and Okafor would be a force in the West, and West would be an All-Star.

    Zach Randolph
    Has anyone noticed that Memphis has been turning it on lately? They have long been a popular pick to be terrible, but ever since getting Randolph he has been putting up huge numbers and they have been better than expected. At the moment, the Grizzlies have a winning record, are on track to make the playoffs. Surely somebody deserves recognition for exceeding expectations like that. You could do worse than to pick the guy averaging a cool 20 and 13.

    The 2010-2011 East All-Stars
    Starters
    LeBron James
    Amare Stoudemire
    Dwyane Wade
    Derrick Rose
    Dwight Howard

    Reserves
    Ray Allen
    Chris Bosh
    Kevin Garnett
    Al Horford
    Joe Johnson
    Paul Pierce
    Rajon Rondo

    Andrew Bogut
    One of Andrew Bogut’s problems is that he’s in the Eastern Conference with Dwight Howard, who is unlikely to ever miss this game, and, now, Al Horford who is proving to be quite the stud. As an extra annoyance, players like Joakim Noah (whose Bulls are 14 games ahead of the Bucks in the standings) and Brook Lopez also vie for the title of conference’s third-best center. Last year when Bogut was on the All-Star bubble, he offered to switch positions. He can play center, but he swears he can also bring the ball up and zing behind-the-back passes. So, maybe that’s something to consider next time.

    Carlos Boozer
    It was 2004 — a half-century ago in dog years — that Carlos Boozer offended the NBA by taking the biggest contract he could get. Sometimes it feels like he gets punished anew for that every year. He’s a 20 and 10 guy (and the highest-paid player) on a 34-14 Bulls team that is shattering the assumption that the Celtics, Magic and Heat are the East’s three candidates to make the Finals.

    Joakim Noah
    Charles Barkley’s favorite NBA player is beautiful to watch, even if you’re not captivated by the flowing curls. His game has infinite love — for the game, for winning, for his teammates, for hustle, for the big moments. It’s no coincidence he was part of special teams in college and again in the pros. The man plays his heart out, and any league would be wise to reward that. Meanwhile, his team has been as exciting as any in the league this season. The only real drawback to his candidacy: Thanks to injury, he has played just 24 games, and a lot of Chicago’s best ball has come with Noah in funky street clothes.

    #2206
  3. Hawk Insider( aka J-SmOOvE)

    ahh man i got snubbed off the all star team. Im gonna show those coaches that i deserve that selection over cb1 and the big ticket.

    #2208
  4. HAWKSINSIDER

    Ah smoove nice guys finish last

    #2212
  5. HAWKSINSIDER

    Wow what a game man did you see the toughness in Al Horford it was not won of those fake Paul Pierce injuries that was a serious injury.Jamal 34 points were big and Joe was big and you had to got out your seat when Smoove threw that dunk down

    #2214