NBA takes notice of James

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:37 AM ET

Mike James is raising eyebrows around the NBA.

In the wake of a 37-point performance Tuesday night in a win against the New York Knicks, the Raptors point guard received a healthy dose of praise from Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

"You have to guard Mike James like you guard Allen Iverson," Rivers said last night before his team played host to the Raptors. "I really mean that. He's playing so well offensively right now."

FRENCH FRYED

Raptors point guard Andre Barrett has no plans to watch the play that caused a season-ending injury to New York Knicks forward Channing Frye Tuesday.

Barrett was pushed by Nate Robinson and took the legs out from underneath Frye in an ugly collision. Yesterday, the Knicks announced Frye would be out for the season with a sprained left knee ligament.

"I haven't even seen it," Barrett said.

Barrett had no idea Frye's season was finished until he was informed by a reporter last night. Unfortunately, there was nothing he could do about the play at all.

WEIRD STAT

The Raptors actually are better in the second half of back-to-back games than in the first half, going 6-10 in Game 2 and 5-12 in Game 1 entering last night. Raptors coach Sam Mitchell thinks too much attention sometimes is paid to the fatigue factor from outsiders when a team is playing the second half of a back-to-back set.

"I think a lot of people make a lot out of back-to-backs," Mitchell said. "But what's the difference from going out to the park every day and playing. Your body and mind is conditioned to play every day anyway."

To try to prove his point, Mitchell asked Raptors star Chris Bosh if he was feeling well before the game last night.

"You're feeling good, right Chris" Mitchell said.

"Hell, no," Bosh replied with a smile, giving a couple of reporters a good laugh.


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