Nets looking to Raptors for help?

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:27 AM ET

According to the rumour mill, Donyell Marshall is not the only Raptor the New Jersey Nets covet. With the loss of Richard Jefferson because of a ruptured ligament in his left wrist, the Nets are said to be interested in acquiring Raptors' reserve forward Lamond Murray, who ranks ninth in the NBA in three-point percentage (47%) heading into last night's game against the Boston Celtics.

ROAD WARRIORS

The Raptors have obviously enjoyed being at home the last week, winning three of four at the ACC heading into last night's game. But even bigger than being able to play at home, was the practice time that was available to the team.

"We needed this," head coach Sam Mitchell said. "A lot of guys were tired of being on the road. I know I was tired. We have had some good practices and we tried to be constructive in our practices and teach as much as we can, but also remember that playing every other day, you do have to keep the guys fresh and keep their mind clear and let them have a breather. Let them enjoy being at home, for a change. Because, contrary to popular belief, they do have other things to do other than basketball."

RAP RAP

Larry Tanenbaum, the chairman of Maple Leaf Sport and Entertainment Ltd., presented a cheque for $180,000 prior to last night's game at the ACC to the Canadian Red Cross Society's Asia Earthquake Tsunamis Appeal. The money was raised during last weekend's two Raptors home games ... Forward Aaron Williams, who has missed the past four games because of a sprained left ankle, dressed last night against the Celtics ... Veteran point guard Alvin Williams, who underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee Nov. 22, is scheduled to lose his crutches next week and begin light range-of-motion rehab.


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