Update: Raptors Get In Late
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.”