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He's a bold Glover
New Raptor ran, hit a few jumpers and made some errors

By BILL HARRIS -- Toronto Sun

Dion Glover isn't shy.

In his first game as a Raptor yesterday he took 16 shots, making five and scoring 13 points. The only other Toronto player to shoot that much was Donyell Marshall.

The 6-foot-5 Glover collected nine rebounds. The only Toronto player to have more was Marshall.

Glover played 36 minutes. Only two Raptors played more than that.

Of course, Glover also committed a game-high five turnovers, two of them at inopportune moments late in the fourth quarter. Glover later blamed those two late errors for the Raptors' 91-82 loss to the Boston Celtics at the Air Canada Centre, but he was being far too hard on himself.

The point is, at least Glover was active. He was energetic. He was trying. He was playing. His attitude was not a defeatist one, but a defiant one.

It was clear that Glover, who became a Raptor on Saturday after being waived by the Atlanta Hawks, hadn't been with Toronto long enough to catch their disease.

"Probably a C, C-minus, D," Glover said when asked to grade his own performance. "There are some things I could have done better, but learning the guys and trying to fit in is always hard. The first one is out of the way and we'll see what's going to happen (tomorrow when the Raptors visit the Miami Heat)."

When told that his grading system was a tad unforgiving, Glover said, "I'm always going to be hard on myself. I'm a competitor. If we had won, I would have told you it was an A effort. But we didn't win, so it's a C effort."

The Raptors have had their share of C efforts lately, but they actually played hard yesterday. Nonetheless, losing streaks have a cumulative quality to them, and not only in the numerical sense.

With each defeat, the pressure mounts. With each defeat, the injuries a team has sustained become more of an all-purpose excuse. With each defeat, the sense of helplessness grows and the club edges closer to the most debilitating emotion of all: Resignation.

Sometimes a fresh set of eyes can see things weary eyes cannot, but when a losing streak is on the verge of double-digits, no one has X-ray vision.

"I know once Vince (Carter), Jalen (Rose) and Alvin (Williams) get back (from injuries), we're going to be fine," said Glover, who may not be aware that even when that trio was healthy, the Raptors barely were a .500 team.

A .500 record is a pipe dream for the Raptors now, as they sit nine games below the break-even point at 25-34. Even with the benefit of a rare 29th day, the Raptors won only four games in February while racking up 11 losses.

Rose and Williams remain several weeks away from returning. Carter, who has a sprained left ankle, was eligible to come off the injured list yesterday, but predictably did not. It was a fitting juxtaposition in the fourth quarter, as Paul Pierce, the Celtics' marquee player, scored a decisive 12 points in the final 7:06, while Carter, the Raptors' marquee player, watched in street clothes.

With Carter not exactly rushing back, it was left to the likes of a newcomer like Glover to get the job done yesterday.

"For not playing at all and not being involved, I thought (Glover) did as well as he could," Raptors coach Kevin O'Neill said. "That he shows up, plays those kinds of minutes and is a guy we're going to down the stretch is an indicator of where we're at right now."

On Saturday Glover boldly predicted the Raptors would "stop the bleeding" yesterday. Now Glover has blood on his hands, too.

But they were stained red because of aggressiveness, rather than sitting passively and getting splattered anyway.









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