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Morning Coffee – Feb 7

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At one point on Friday, Turkoglu made reference to a doctor suggesting he wear the mask for six weeks to allow for proper healing.

He may be wearing it now, but a betting man wouldn’t give the mask much more than a week or two at the very longest the way Turkoglu was talking Saturday.

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Morning Coffee – Feb 6

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The only injured Raptor not named Reggie Evans who is expected to be a question at all for Sunday is Jose Calderon.

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Morning Coffee – Feb 5

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Now at the 50 game mark, the Toronto Raptors players have put together their second five game winning streak of the season and are no longer considered to have only a marginal shot at the playoffs by those in the know. Assuming one believes ESPN knows everything.

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Morning Coffee – Feb 4

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Turkoglu is one of those high maintenance kind of players who needs to have things precisely right, both on and off the court.

A few years ago, he broke his nose as a member of the Orlando Magic. Turkoglu wore a mask for one game before discarding it because the apparatus proved too cumbersome.

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Morning Coffee – Feb 3

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And as was the case for 47 of the 48 minutes on Sunday, the Raptors had to play without Hedo Turkoglu. The small forward suffered a small fracture of the orbital bone under his right eye early in the last game, and without a mask to properly fit him, he did not play in the rematch against Indiana.

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Morning Coffee – Feb 2

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Bosh has appeared in two post-seasons, but has zero playoff series wins.

His third looms, but just how far the Raptors are capable of advancing will depend on how much improvement they are able to make in the next 21/2 months.

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Morning Coffee – Feb 1

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The very good teams evolve into elite status when no opponent is taken for granted and every possession leads to a basket or at least a good look at the basket.

The Raps began the game, the first in a home-and-home series with Indiana, by turning the ball over four times in the first four minutes.