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January 23, 2010

The Globe and Mail – Raptors Vs Bucks

Raptors get it down late

The Raptors got a career-high scoring performance from Jarrett Jack, who had 27, while Chris Bosh had 17, Marco Belinelli 16 and DeMar DeRozan 12.

This is supposed to be the part of the season in which the Toronto Raptorsclimb over the .500 mark and show their NBA rivals they’re for real.
They took the first big step last night, and the phrase “for real” could be substituted by “really creative.”
Coach Jay Triano went with a small, fast zone defence in the second half, bringing an Air Canada Centre crowd to its feet with a fourth-quarter comeback against the Milwaukee Bucks 101-96.
The win put Toronto back at the .500 mark with a 22 wins and 22 losses, while Milwaukee slid back to 17-24.
“Sometimes we have to scrap and find a way to get us going,” Triano said of a night in which the Raptors made the most of fast-break points, outscoring the Bucks 27-5 on races downcourt.
“When we couldn’t get over the hump, we went to a zone with four small [playmaking] guys around the perimeter and it created energy for us.
The Raptors got a career-high scoring performance from Jarrett Jack, who had 27, while Chris Bosh had 17, Marco Belinelli 16 and DeMar DeRozan 12.
The Bucks had 27 from long-shooting guard Luke Ridnour and 22 from Andrew Bogut.
“Most of the night, Bogut stayed away from Chris. He had Rasho [Nesterovic] and Amir [Johnson] to look after. It wasn’t so much that we wanted to go with small guys out there as we wanted Bogut to guard Chris. So, we put Chris out there with four playmakers and Chris rolled and that opened up the floor for us.”
The Raptors had a problem from the outset when their expected starting centre, Andrea Bargnani, was pulled from the starting lineup the afternoon of the game with low back pains. In his place, another seven-footer, Nesterovic, got the start but couldn’t hem in Milwaukee’s seven-foot centre, Australian Andrew Bogut, who got 17 first-half points and, along with forwards Luc Mbah a Moute and Carlos Dofino, controlled the boards early. Meanwhile, forward Hedo Turkoglu started the game but was effectively shut down without a single first-half point.
The injury to Bargnani has been a nagging one. He has suffered with it off and on during the season and played hurt last Wednesday night in Milwaukee. But the twinges were still there in yesterday’s shoot-around and Triano felt it better to sit him out. Bargnani was at the Raptors bench in civvies.
Toronto trailed most of the game. The Raptors did get a 28-25 lead on a last-second three-pointer by Jose Calderon at the end of the first quarter, but the Bucks pulled away to a 57-48 advantage at halftime. The second quarter was 4 minutes 39 seconds old before Toronto could find the basket, while the Bucks went on a 12-point run to start the second quarter and take control.
A burst of intensity for Toronto marked the start of the third quarter and the Raptors clawed to one point behind, 57-56 on a Turkoglu drive to the net, but continued to trail, 73-68 going into the fourth. Toronto finally got the lead back, 88-87, with 3:49 left in the game after Milwaukee’s recently signed veteran Jerry Stackhouse coughed up a pass in the Toronto end of the court and Jack ran down court and scored a layup.
The Bucks had won the two previous meetings between the teams, both in Milwaukee, 117-95 in December and 113-107 last Wednesday.
In the loss two nights before, the Raptors failed to rebound, while the Bucks had 17 offensive boards and some key late put-backs for baskets.
Triano remained positive about the second half of the season, however, noting the improvement from the Raptors’ first 20 games to their second 20.
“We got much better at the defensive end of the floor,” Triano said. “We’ve got pretty consistent in our ability to score and, if we get stops, we’re going to be a pretty good team.
“The stops lead to transition baskets and flow offensively, so that’s going to be our focus, stops.”

This is supposed to be the part of the season in which the Toronto Raptorsclimb over the .500 mark and show their NBA rivals they’re for real.

They took the first big step last night, and the phrase “for real” could be substituted by “really creative.”

Coach Jay Triano went with a small, fast zone defence in the second half, bringing an Air Canada Centre crowd to its feet with a fourth-quarter comeback against the Milwaukee Bucks 101-96.

The win put Toronto back at the .500 mark with a 22 wins and 22 losses, while Milwaukee slid back to 17-24.

“Sometimes we have to scrap and find a way to get us going,” Triano said of a night in which the Raptors made the most of fast-break points, outscoring the Bucks 27-5 on races downcourt.

“When we couldn’t get over the hump, we went to a zone with four small [playmaking] guys around the perimeter and it created energy for us.

The Raptors got a career-high scoring performance from Jarrett Jack, who had 27, while Chris Bosh had 17, Marco Belinelli 16 and DeMar DeRozan 12.

The Bucks had 27 from long-shooting guard Luke Ridnour and 22 from Andrew Bogut.

“Most of the night, Bogut stayed away from Chris. He had Rasho [Nesterovic] and Amir [Johnson] to look after. It wasn’t so much that we wanted to go with small guys out there as we wanted Bogut to guard Chris. So, we put Chris out there with four playmakers and Chris rolled and that opened up the floor for us.”

The Raptors had a problem from the outset when their expected starting centre, Andrea Bargnani, was pulled from the starting lineup the afternoon of the game with low back pains. In his place, another seven-footer, Nesterovic, got the start but couldn’t hem in Milwaukee’s seven-foot centre, Australian Andrew Bogut, who got 17 first-half points and, along with forwards Luc Mbah a Moute and Carlos Dofino, controlled the boards early. Meanwhile, forward Hedo Turkoglu started the game but was effectively shut down without a single first-half point.

The injury to Bargnani has been a nagging one. He has suffered with it off and on during the season and played hurt last Wednesday night in Milwaukee. But the twinges were still there in yesterday’s shoot-around and Triano felt it better to sit him out. Bargnani was at the Raptors bench in civvies.

Toronto trailed most of the game. The Raptors did get a 28-25 lead on a last-second three-pointer by Jose Calderon at the end of the first quarter, but the Bucks pulled away to a 57-48 advantage at halftime. The second quarter was 4 minutes 39 seconds old before Toronto could find the basket, while the Bucks went on a 12-point run to start the second quarter and take control.

A burst of intensity for Toronto marked the start of the third quarter and the Raptors clawed to one point behind, 57-56 on a Turkoglu drive to the net, but continued to trail, 73-68 going into the fourth. Toronto finally got the lead back, 88-87, with 3:49 left in the game after Milwaukee’s recently signed veteran Jerry Stackhouse coughed up a pass in the Toronto end of the court and Jack ran down court and scored a layup.

The Bucks had won the two previous meetings between the teams, both in Milwaukee, 117-95 in December and 113-107 last Wednesday.

In the loss two nights before, the Raptors failed to rebound, while the Bucks had 17 offensive boards and some key late put-backs for baskets.

Triano remained positive about the second half of the season, however, noting the improvement from the Raptors’ first 20 games to their second 20.

“We got much better at the defensive end of the floor,” Triano said. “We’ve got pretty consistent in our ability to score and, if we get stops, we’re going to be a pretty good team.

“The stops lead to transition baskets and flow offensively, so that’s going to be our focus, stops.”

James Christie

From the Toronto “Globe and Mail”

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