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This is the kind of stuff that will get a guy benched

The Raptors dug themselves another hole, rallied to grab a late fourth quarter lead, then found a way to lose another close one.

Let’s get to some thoughts on the game:

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With the Raptors in the early stages of the always daunting Western Conference road trip, Drew and Oliver got together in my absence for another edition of RaptorBlog Radio.

Topics discussed include the trip itself, Mickael Pietrus, Terrence Ross, Andrea Bargnani’s trade value, the Raptors’ most effective lineup combinations and much more.

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Turnovers and rebounding issues left the Raptors in a serious hole heading into the fourth quarter. They trailed by 17 with six minutes to go and should be commended for clawing their way back into this game. Defensive intensity and aggressiveness on offence brought the deficit down to one.

An admirable effort in a very difficult place to win on the road.

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It wasn’t a stylish victory by any means, but the Raptors finally won a close game down the stretch with solid defence, and that’s a start in a game they absolutely HAD to get.

Here are some thoughts on the game:

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The Raptors and Mickael Pietrus have agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum and the team will subsequently waive Dominic McGuire, according to RealGM, who report that they have confirmation from both players’ agents. The signing is expected to become official on Friday.

The news was initially reported by USA Today earlier on Thursday after we learned about the Raptors’ renewed interest in Pietrus on Wednesday night. The most intriguing part of the RealGM report to me is that Pietrus turned down the Hawks, Pacers, Timberwolves, 76ers and Spurs “due to the Raptors’ relentless pursuit.”

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