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January 29, 2010

La Gazzetta dello Sport – Raptors Vs Knicks

“Derby italiano” ai Raptors
tanta grinta per Belinelli

“Derby italiano” ai Raptors…

… e tanta grinta per Belinelli

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January 28, 2010

La Gazzetta dello Sport – Raptors Vs Heat

Toronto liquida Miami, BELI PROTAGONISTA
Marco Belinelli va in doppia cifra finendo con 11 punti

Toronto liquida Miami, Beli protagonista

Marco Belinelli va in doppia cifra finendo con 11 punti

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January 25, 2010

La Gazzetta dello Sport – Raptors Vs Lakers

Bargnani & Beli super
Toronto supera i Lakers

Beli & Bargnani super

Toronto supera i Lakers

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January 25, 2010

The Sun – Raptors Vs Lakers

Raptors pull off upset against Lakers
Hedo Turkoglu learned yesterday there’s a fine line between love and hate.
The favoured whipping boy of late in Toronto following a month-long stretch of more misses than hits, Turkoglu had the ball in his hands with 11 seconds left and a chance to be a hero, or goat, against the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers.
On the play, the Lakers defended the screen and roll at the top of the key as well as possible, forcing Turkoglu to reset. With Chris Bosh, who had set the screen, drawing plenty of attention his way, a lane opened up for Turkoglu and the Raptors’ major off-season signing drove to the basket, drawing a push in the back from Pau Gasol and a shot at some real fan love with a pair of free throws.
Turkoglu made both and all those boos he had been hearing suddenly turned to cheers.
It was the determining play in a 106-105 win over the Lakers before the fifth-largest crowd to witness a game at the ACC.
Turkoglu finished the day with just nine points, and while he clearly was relieved to have lived up to his Mr. Fourth Quarter reputation on this occasion, he wasn’t ready to declare himself free and clear of the shooting problems that have plagued him.
“Hopefully this will help me get over the hump and play much better,” Turkoglu said. “Usually I don’t rely on that (getting to the line) because sometimes you get calls and sometimes you don’t. I just tried to take the best shot I could.”
With 1.2 seconds remaining, the Lakers had one more shot but a well-defended inbound pass to Kobe Bryant forced the best clutch shooter in the game to heave a 30-foot fall-away prayer that almost almost went in.
“He hits those shots,” Antoine Wright said, the Raps primary defender on Bryant. “He almost made that one. It hit every part of the rim before it missed.”
The Lakers had a 10-point lead with just over six minutes left when the tide began to turn.
Defence, particularly interior defence against Lakers big men Gasol and Andrew Bynum, who torched the Raps for a combined 43 points, came into vogue and the Raptors were on their way.
“They played some rabid, tenacious defence from about the middle of the third quarter on,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said.
Chris Bosh saw the difference.
“At first we were letting them penetrate too much,” Bosh said. “We were allowing easy catches down low and with Pau and Kobe you can’t allow them to just pick you apart like that. We stated playing better defence and playing a bit more physical.”

Raptors pull off upset against Lakers

With clutch play leading to win, Raptors’ Turkoglu turns jeers to cheers at the ACC

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January 25, 2010

The Globe and Mail – Raptors Vs Lakers

Raptors earn rare win over Lakers
Hedo Turkoglu’s pair of free throws provides winning points as Toronto overcomes defending NBA champions

Raptors earn rare win over Lakers

Hedo Turkoglu’s pair of free throws provides winning points as Toronto overcomes defending NBA champions.

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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.

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January 23, 2010

La Gazzetta dello Sport – Raptors Vs Bucks

Belinelli trascina Toronto
Toronto Raptors-Milwaukee Bucks 101-96 
Nella rivincita contro Milwaukee i Raptors ottengono una vittoria sofferta (101-96) risalendo dal -15 a cui erano sprofondati nel secondo quarto. Con Andrea Bargnani fermato dal mal di schiena, Chris Bosh trova una determinante collaborazione offensiva da parte di Belinelli (16 punti) e Jack (27). “Belinelli ha portato tanta energia, canestri e tiri liberi dalla panchina – ha detto Andrew Bogut -. Jarrett Jack ha disputato una grande gara e quei due giocatori sono stati il fattore-x per Toronto”. A volte per uscire da una situazione negativa bisogna tentare qualcosa di inconsueto e coach Triano indovina una correzione nel secondo tempo che riesce spezzare il ritmo dei Bucks e dare coraggio a Toronto. Da metà del terzo quarto fino alla fine i Raptors si mettono a zona con un quintetto insolito formato nell’ultimo quarto quasi sempre da Bosh, Turkoglu secondo lungo e tre piccoli (Calderon, Jack e Belinelli). Triano spiega la scelta con il desiderio di costringere Bogut a marcare Bosh, ma anche in difesa Toronto ottiene un importante spinta. I Bucks, primi ad adottare il quintetto piccolo, si bloccano e i Raptors riescono a correre e a trovare canestri in velocità, con Belinelli capace di procurarsi viaggi in lunetta nelle sue conclusioni in transizione.

Belinelli trascina Toronto

Toronto Raptors-Milwaukee Bucks 101-96 
Nella rivincita contro Milwaukee i Raptors ottengono una vittoria sofferta (101-96) risalendo dal -15 a cui erano sprofondati nel secondo quarto. Con Andrea Bargnani fermato dal mal di schiena, Chris Bosh trova una determinante collaborazione offensiva da parte di Belinelli (16 punti) e Jack (27). “Belinelli ha portato tanta energia, canestri e tiri liberi dalla panchina – ha detto Andrew Bogut -”…

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January 20, 2010

Happy to be here!

Marco Belinelli, who is in his first year with the Raptors, was sceptical about playing in Toronto after spending two seasons in California with the Golden State Warriors.
“Last year I was (playing for Golden State) and I was thinking that Toronto was terrible,” said Belinelli. “But now I have changed my (mind). Toronto is an incredible city, I’m very happy to be here.”

Marco Belinelli

who is in his first year with the Raptors, was sceptical about playing in Toronto…

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January 20, 2010

Belinelli, buon ritorno

Buon ritorno di Belinelli (14 punti)
BELINELLI, BUON RITORNO — Toronto e Cleveland giocano un primo tempo con entrambi gli attacchi in primo piano e il match è in grande equilibrio a metà gara (62-60). Sono in molti ad avere problemi nelle marcature individuali nel primo tempo: Turkoglu debutta con 2 falli nei primi 69” marcando James. I lunghi di Toronto permettono a O’Neal di ricevere palla troppo vicino a canestro e così nascono punti facili per Shaq. Il rookie DeRozan è troppo veloce per Antony Parker, mentre Bargnani procura subito due falli a O’Neal, andando a concludere in sottomano e poi giocando uno contro uno con il colosso avversario lontano da canestro. Bargnani ha la mano fredda in avvio di gara, ma si scalda con la prima tripla che permette a Toronto di chiudere in parità (28-28) il primo quarto. Con Turkoglu in difficoltà contro James, sarebbe utile Sonny Weems che invece è fuori per infortunio. Triano ritrova invece Marco Belinelli, assente per due gare, e la guardia bolognese disputa un ottimo secondo quarto con 7 punti in 6 minuti: canestro in layup con Shaq in ritardo nel chiudere l’entrata, quindi 1/2 da tre e stoppata di Delonte West che lo marca. Toronto dà anche spettacolo con un fantastico passaggio (degno del miglior quarterback) da parte di Turkoglu per la schiacciata in contropiede di Belinelli (41-42), una delle poche belle azioni del turco, autore di una prestazione imbarazzante da 3 punti e 1/6 al tiro.

Buon ritorno di Belinelli (14 punti)

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January 15, 2010

Italian night in New York

Gallinari sfida Mago e Beli

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