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    Default GT: Raptors @ Suns

    Toronto Raptors: 10th East, 23-38 overall, 8-22 road
    Phoenix Suns: 13th West, 21-39 overall, 14-15 home

    Lindsey Hunter has been stressing the importance of defense since he became interim head coach of the Phoenix Suns six weeks ago.

    His message appears to finally be getting through.

    Phoenix looks to match its longest win streak of the season Wednesday night and send the visiting Toronto Raptors to a sixth straight loss.

    A 13-28 record under Alvin Gentry led to his dismissal Jan. 20, and the Suns have shown improvement by winning eight of 19 since Hunter was named coach.

    Phoenix (21-39) has followed a 1-6 stretch with three consecutive wins, one shy of its season high set Dec. 12-19. The Suns started the run with a victory over an injury-plagued Minnesota team before a stunning 105-101 overtime win at San Antonio last Wednesday ended the Spurs' 18-game home win streak.

    Hunter's team maintained that momentum with a 92-87 victory over Atlanta on Friday, hitting 10 3-pointers - its most in over two months - and forcing 21 turnovers.

    "They played really well, played really hard," Hunter said. "I thought defensively they were good."

    During the three-game streak, Phoenix is holding opponents to 90.3 points per game and limiting them to 39.8 percent shooting. Those numbers are in stark contrast to the previous three contests during which foes averaged 106.0 points and shot 49.6 percent.

    "Our defense is better, especially in the rotations," guard Goran Dragic told the team's official website. "If you play good defense, you don't put pressure on the offense.

    "Even if you miss, you're confident that you can defend. Maybe because of that we finished some games like we did in the last three."

    Dragic scored 19 points against the Hawks before leaving with a lower back bruise in the third quarter, but he's expected to play this game. That's good news for a Suns team that has seen its point guard average 15.3 points, 10.7 assists and 2.3 steals in seven games since the All-Star break.

    This will be the third stop on a four-game trip for the Raptors (22-38), who have lost six of seven following a season high-tying five-game win streak.

    A lack of defense late was the problem in a 125-118 loss to Golden State on Monday, as the Warriors scored 42 fourth-quarter points and shot a season-best 57.3 percent overall.
    Andrea Bargnani had 26 points and matched a career high with five 3-pointers, but the Raptors dropped to 0-9 this season when he scores at least 20.

    "The offense wasn't the problem," Bargnani said. "We had what we wanted. On defense we have to do a better job, especially against these kinds of teams. We tried to do what we can, but it wasn't good enough."

    The Raptors have won two straight against the Suns after a 14-game losing streak in the series. Toronto's 99-96 victory in Phoenix on Jan. 24, 2012, was its first there in eight games.

    Bargnani had 36 points - the third-highest total of his career - in that win but scored four in 27 minutes during the most recent meeting, a 101-97 home victory Nov. 30.

    Suns center Jermaine O'Neal will be out for an undetermined time while his daughter undergoes surgery to repair a leaky heart valve.
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    Get that nice, early 3 am start tonight....sweet...

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    Raps are taking that one tonight.. !

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    dont speak too soon, we were supposed to beat the wizards too right? then look what happened
    A key that opens many locks is a master key, but a lock that gets open by many keys is just a shitty lock

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    Quote e_wheazhy_ wrote: View Post
    dont speak too soon, we were supposed to beat the wizards too right? then look what happened
    No kidding. 5 games later, and playoffs are out of the question

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    Nah guys, I feel it. We got this.

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    Quote e_wheazhy_ wrote: View Post
    dont speak too soon, we were supposed to beat the wizards too right? then look what happened
    Quote Raptor_11 wrote: View Post
    No kidding. 5 games later, and playoffs are out of the question
    Seriously...I had a feeling after that Wiz game that a losing streak was on tap. Too many familiar signs...Ah, the life of a Raptors fan, experts in horrible basketball.

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    I say we lose this one by 5 points, give or a take a basket or two.
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    Can someone give em a working stream please???

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    Quote mike, prague wrote: View Post
    Can someone give em a working stream please???
    http://www.firstrow1.eu/watch/173110...o-raptors.html

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    Quote isaacthompson wrote: View Post

    THx, but it works for you, aint workin for me ... problem on my side OK.

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    Quote isaacthompson wrote: View Post
    use ad blocker, works on pretty much all streams, ( some have anti-adblock )

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    Quote isaacthompson wrote: View Post
    I say we lose this one by 5 points, give or a take a basket or two.
    101-93. Raps.

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    Bargs looking active.

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    Quote isaacthompson wrote: View Post
    blocker is on ...

    oh welll ... fixing firefox is gonna have to be more fun the game so make sure its a boring one tonight thx ...


    THx, but it works for you, aint workin for me ... problem on my side OK.

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    Demar looks good.

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    That looked like a turf toe

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    Telfair has 2 points and 2 assists in just over 2 minutes on the floor
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    Quote PicknRoll wrote: View Post
    That looked like a turf toe
    Hope it's not too serious. He went to the bench instead of the locker room, so that might be a good sign
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    Quote isaacthompson wrote: View Post
    Telfair has 2 points and 2 assists in just over 2 minutes on the floor
    I'm rooting for the guy and I'm glad he's getting some floor time with the raps. Even if its just for against the suns.

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