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Bosh, Wright Injured As Road Woes In Cleveland Continue
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Jay Satur
April 6, 2010
Quicken Loans Arena
Cleveland, OH

Monday's win was big with regards to the post-season for the Raptors, who end a three-game slide and move a full game ahead of idle Chicago. Toronto enters Tuesday two full games behind Charlotte for seventh in the Eastern Conference and now holds the tiebreaker over Charlotte in head-to-head play, just as they do with Chicago.

A loss could have meant waking up in ninth place on Wednesday. Instead, the Raptors have the opportunity for one last push up the standings with six of their final nine games coming against teams with losing records.


Despite injuries to Chris Bosh (facial fractures) and Antoine Wright (ankle sprain), the Raptors only trailed 55-53 at halftime. The Cavs shot 71 per cent in the third quarter, but Toronto continued to hang around into the fourth and trailed 98-91 with seven minutes to play after a pair of free throws from Jarrett Jack.

LeBron James immediately responded for the Cavs with the first six points of a 9-0 run that put the Raptors down 107-91 and out of it again in Cleveland. The Raps have now dropped 11 straight versus the Cavs at Quicken Loans Arena.


LeBron James was rumoured to possibly sit on Tuesday with Cleveland having already sewn up home court advantage throughout the playoffs. But James started and although he only connected on five field goal attempts, he did plenty of damage with his passing -- racking up 13 of his team's whopping 38 assists.

"He makes everybody good," head coach Jay Triano said of James' playmaking. "He gives you that split second longer to shoot the ball and they shot it extremely well. And, we were in a chase game most of the night because of his plays.”


With Toronto's franchise player down and out, full marks go to Jarrett Jack and Amir Johnson for stepping up and filing the void in a very tough environment. Jack continued to display real grit as he pushes for his first playoff appearance, registering a game-high 23 points and a team-high six assists.

Amir Johnson may have made a solid case to fill a starting role if Bosh is out for any length of time, showing some suprising range on his jumper and going 7-of-8 from the floor for 16 points along with 10 rebounds.


“Small consolation. I mean, we try to win a game and, yeah, we got to seven and I thought we had pretty good energy. Then, they made a couple of plays and we struggled. We took a couple of shots and we missed them and we had been making shots. We’ve got to make shots if (Bosh) is not in the game and we’ve got to have other guys step up and knock down shots from the perimeter. That didn’t happen the last seven minutes.”

- Head coach Jay Triano on cutting the deficit in the fourth quarter.


Wed., April 7 vs. Boston Celtics
7:00 PM ET (TSN2, FAN590)

The status of both Bosh and Wright remains unknown for Wednesday, when the Raptors continue their playoff push and close out a back-to-back against the Celtics at ACC. Toronto has lost all three previous matchups with Boston this season. The Raptors have lost 10-of-11 vs. the Celtics dating back to the start of the 2007-08 season. Boston has lost four-of-five overall, including a 104-101 loss to the Knicks on Tuesday.

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The Numbers
2 Games in which LeBron James and Mo Williams have put up double-doubles in points & assists vs. Toronto this season
38 Cavs assist total on 47 made field goals
11 Consecutive losses for the Raptors in Cleveland
62-38 Points in the paint favouring Cleveland
9-2 Second chance points favouring Toronto, which holds a +33 advantage over its last three opponents in that category
They Said It...
Sonny Weems "Oh, man, it’s a big blow. That’s 25, close to 30, points a game and 14 rebounds or something, so it’s going to hurt. We have players like Amir (Johnson), who did a great job today."
- Sonny Weems on losing Chris Bosh.
Mike Brown "I’m not trying to take anything away from it, because the guys did some nice things, but it’s no statement because we beat them tonight. It doesn’t mean they are going to lay over and (not) give us a series."
- Cavs head coach Mike Brownon defeating a potential first-round opponent.
Jarrett Jack "You might have been wanting that playing time all season. You have an opportunity to do something with it and come through for our team because we’re going to need somebody to step up and fill that void if he’s not able to go."
- Jarrett Jack on opportunity created with Bosh going down.