Indeed. It’s one thing to let the likes of Jared Sullinger (20 rebounds) and Kris Humphries go to work on the glass. Offer the same lack of resistance against the league’s best rebounding combination of big men in Minnesota’s Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic on Friday and the carnage will be even worse. “The team last night was 27th in second-chance points and tomorrow night they’re No. 2,” Casey said. “It doesn’t take a mathematician to figure that out that (Minnesota’s) going to be a bigger handful than (the Celtics) were.” Added Valanciunas: “We’ll see what happens next. (Thanks to the Boston game) we know how we’re not supposed to start a game.”
“You can go one of two ways: you can go up or you can go down,” said the point guard. “Personally, I’m going to do my job and I’m a professional athlete who loves his job and doesn’t take it for granted. So every time I step on the floor, I give it my all, until something happens. Anybody can start a rumor, I can start a rumor, but until something happens, you’re going to be at that same organization. I’m still a Raptor and I’m still playing my hardest for the Raptors.”
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There’s a very interesting trend developing in the NBA. It seems as if the moment a team trades away a supposed franchise player, the wins suddenly appear. It happened with the Denver Nuggets in 2011 when they traded away Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks for various trade pieces. It happened to the Chicago Bulls this year when Luol Deng was sent off to Cleveland for nothing more than future picks, salary relief, and a 12 hour rental of the artist formerly known as Andrew Bynum. Now, Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors are in the midst of their own surprise turnaround.
DeMar DeRozan is a model for being committed to his alma mater Compton High. Coach Tony Thomas has a great relationship with his former player and he provides the team with uniforms, tennis shoes and also sponsors other events.
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