Mitchell saw it coming

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

If Sam Mitchell needs a summer job, he might want to send his resume to one of those 1-900 psychic lines.

The Raptors head coach predicted the future accurately on Friday night at the Air Canada Centre.

"The weird thing is I was sitting in my office before the game and I was thinking we're going to be up one or two with a short clock with a chance to win the game," Mitchell said after a 97-96 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. "I just felt that before the game. It didn't look like it was going to turn out that way for about 45 minutes."

But, sure enough, the Raptors rallied and made a big stop on the final possession to seal the win.

DOWN IN THE DUMPS

While the Raptors were rejoicing in the victory, the Bucks were searching for words to describe their collapse.

The headline in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel yesterday summed it up best: As bad as it gets.

"I can't believe that (bleep)," Bucks guard T.J. Ford said. "That was incredible.

"It's a game we knew we had. We had this one, it's just tough. I'm still amazed that we lost it. I am still kind of in shock."

The Bucks are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, but entered play yesterday just three games ahead of the Chicago Bulls, who are in ninth spot.

MARCH MADNESS

Seven of the Raptors' 15 players watched their old schools earn NCAA tournament berths earlier this week -- Darrick Martin (UCLA), Loren Woods (Arizona), Andre Barrett (Seton Hall), Matt Bonner (Florida), Alvin Williams (Villanova), Morris Peterson (Michigan State) and Charlie Villanueva (Connecticut).

EASIER SCHEDULE

After seven consecutive games against teams that are bound for post-season play, the Raptors finally get a bit of a break this week.

The Raptors will have three games in a row against non-playoff teams -- road games against the New York Knicks on Tuesday and the Boston Celtics on Wednesday and a home date against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.


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