NBA.com12 It's funny that the Chris Bosh trade rumors got out of control with the Raptors playing their best ball of the season. Before Sunday's loss to the Celtics, they had won eight of their last nine, and they're still within a half game of the Heat for fifth in the East.
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The Raptors have been a better team with Jarrett Jack in the starting lineup (9-7) than Jose Calderon (9-13). Jack, one of the league's foremost iron men, who has appeared in 206 straight games, is averaging 12.9 points and 5.9 assists while shooting 51.8 percent (71-for-137) as a starter.
ESPN.com15 (15) Raptors 19-19 Jim from Chicago wrote in to ask why we haven't been trotting out our trusty Leastern Conference references. And he certainly has a point when the Raps needed an 8-2 surge just to give the East six .500 teams.
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Welcome back: Jose Calderon returns, contributes to wins over Magic, 76ers. ... Loss at Indiana is first bad defeat in more than a month.
FoxSports.com17 Until Monday's collapse in Indy, the Raps hadn't lost to anyone besides the Celtics since mid-December.