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While the rest of the basketball world celebrates the seven-year anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game, Raptors fans understandably view it a bit differently – more like a day of mourning – as that game in L.A. serves as the poster child of a very dark period for basketball in Toronto (there have been a few dark periods).

But because sometimes it’s healthy to cry yourself a river, here’s a reminder of what happened on January 22, 2006…

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On the heels of the Raptors’ big victory over the “mighty” Lakers (can’t even say that with a straight face anymore), Drew, Oliver and I got together to discuss the W and to pretend Friday night in Philly never happened. We also touched on Landry Fields’ performance, Ed Davis’ lack of fourth quarter minutes and DeMar DeRozan’s recent slump.

As usual, we conclude by looking at the week ahead, as the Raptors prepare for the Heat, Magic and Cavaliers.

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-The Lakers have been a terrible defensive team all season and that trend continued on Sunday morning as they gave up 108 points to the Raptors. This allowed Toronto to break a 27-game streak of losing when they allowed 100 points. Toronto was aided by a first half ejection of Dwight Howard but nonetheless it was refreshing to see certain members of the starting lineup play so well on the offensive end. Read the rest of this entry »

Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and company invade the Air Canada Centre for what is arguably the most highly anticipated home game of the season for Raptors fans.

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In the latest update to the story that just won’t go away, Andrea Bargnani for Pau Gasol is no longer just a hypothetical trade proposal made by media members and fans, but rather an actual possibility according to ESPN and CBS Sports.

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