Ask Jack: Apr. 20, 2012

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Game Day: Raptors @ Heat

Last Time They Met: Heat 113, Raptors 101

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Probable Starters

TOR – Ben Uzoh (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Alan Anderson (F), Amir Johnson (F), Aaron Gray (C)
MIA – Mario Chalmers (G), Dwyane Wade (G), LeBron James (F), Chris Bosh (F), Ronny Turiaf (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jose Calderon (swollen right eye) – day-to-day, Linas Kleiza (sore right knee) – day-to-day, Jerryd Bayless (partially torn left oblique muscle) – out, Andrea Bargnani (sore left calf) – out,

MIA – None

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A Good Night For Some Great Fans…

I’m undeniably fortunate to work around this game and this team, but losing isn’t generally all that much fun for anyone involved. It doesn’t change what I do, but I’d be lying if I said the litany of L’s these last two seasons didn’t sometimes overshadow the many things that make this gig great.

Then there are days like Monday, that remind you about how much joy a single game or player can sometimes bring, even if it comes on a night that results in another tough loss like Monday’s 109-87 ...

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Life On The Second Bus: Atlanta

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Probable Starters

TOR – Ben Uzoh (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Alan Anderson (F), Amir Johnson (F), Aaron Gray (C)
ATL – Jeff Teague (G), Kirk Hinrich (G), Joe Johnson (G), Josh Smith (F), Zaza Pachulia (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jerryd Bayless – (partially torn left oblique muscle) – out, Andrea Bargnani (left calf tightness) – out, Jose Calderon (cut, right eye) – Out
ATL – Al Horford (left pectoral surgery) – out

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Roller-Coaster Season Comes To An End For Bargnani

Andrea Bargnani was shut down for the remainder of the season by the Raptors on Friday and according to head coach Dwane Casey, the move simply makes sense when you consider the potential risks with putting him back on court.

“[It's] logical yes, for us as an organization because the injury is still there and the risk versus reward of him continuing to play and injuring it again, possibly tearing it,” Casey said prior to Friday’s game against the Celtics.

Bargnani, who finishes his season with averages of 19.5 points and 5.6 ...

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DeRozan Leads The Way On One Freaky Friday

The disparities between the two clubs coming into Friday’s game couldn’t have been more pronounced.

The Celtics hit Toronto as one of the hottest teams in the league with 19 wins in their last 26 games to put them back atop the Atlantic Division and in position to have home court advantage to start the upcoming post-season. The absence of sharpshooter Ray Allen was glaring but certainly mitigated by the insertion of blossoming defensive stopper Avery Bradley into the starting five and the recent incredible play of point guard Rajon ...

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Celtics

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Probable Starters

TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Alan Anderson (F), Andrea Bargnani (F), Aaron Gray (C)
BOS – Rajon Rondo (G), Avery Bradley (G), Paul Pierce (F), Brandon Bass (F), Kevin Garnett (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jerryd Bayless – (partially torn left oblique muscle) – out, Andrea Bargnani (left calf tightness) – out, Jose Calderon (cut, right eye) – game-time decision
BOS – Jermaine O’Neal (right wrist surgery) – out, Ray Allen (sore right ankle) – day-to-day

Last Time They Met: Celtics 74, Raptors 86

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Davis A Bright Spot In A Tough Loss

Dwane Casey hasn’t been consistently satisfied with what he’s seen from Ed Davis over the course of this of his first season coaching the Raptors, but he likes what he’s seen of late.

“He’s made a lot of progress as a matter of fact,” said Casey prior to the Raptors 93-75 loss to the Sixers at ACC. “The last two or three weeks to the last month, there’s some pep in his step.”

That continued on Wednesday, as the second-year forward powered his way to his finest performance of the season, with ...

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Sixers

Last Time They Met: Raptors 99, Sixers 78

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Probable Starters

TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Alan Anderson (F), Amir Johnson (F), Aaron Gray (C)
PHI – Jrue Holiday (G), Evan Turner (G), Andre Iguodala (F), Elton Brand (F), Spencer Hawes (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jerryd Bayless – (partially torn left oblique muscle) – out, Andrea Bargnani (left calf tightness) – day-to-day
PHI – None

That off-day tweet from Gary Forbes on Tuesday carries a message that should certainly apply to his teammates.

Playoff basketball won’t be coming to Toronto ...

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Ask Jack: April 10

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