Raps get feel for playoffs

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:07 AM ET

With 31 regular season games remaining, and the Raptors currently sitting on top of the Atlantic Division, more players are talking about making the playoffs.

And the general consensus was that Saturday's game in Auburn Hills against the Central Division leading Detroit Pistons was this team's first real taste of a playoff-type game this season, with emotions running high and everyone getting on the refs.

The Raptors lost 98-92, but did play well, considering they had a game the night before against the L.A. Lakers.

Morris Peterson is the only current Raptor on the 2001-02 team that last played in the playoffs, a first-round, five-game series lost to the Pistons.

"The guys saw how it's going to be. Intense, every possession. One possession could cost us the game," Peterson said of the second half of the season. "We're going to have to go through and find ways to win these playoff-type games. It's plain and simple. I can sit up here and say how it's going to be, but every experience is different. We're going to have to be more mentally ready now. This is a team (Detroit) that we could possibly face in the playoffs, so we're gong to have to find a way to win."

BOSH SPREADS KNOWLEDGE

During the month of February, the Chris Bosh Foundation will be holding the second annual Black History Quiz Bowl in 25 schools around the GTA.

"This is our second year hosting the Quiz Bowl", said Bosh. "It was very effective last year. The youth enjoyed the competitive style, and learning new things about everyday items. We are always attempting to provide new, fun methods of learning."

Winners of each school will receive a certificate of achievement, their name and picture on the Chris Bosh Foundation website, a ticket to attend the Toronto Raptors game against Memphis Grizzlies on March 7, as well as the opportunity to meet Bosh.

NASH HELPS YOUTH

This Wednesday, when the Phoenix Suns make their only trip to Seattle to play the SuperSonics, Canada Basketball, Vancouver native David Sidoo and partners, and NBA MVP Steve Nash, a Victoria native, will announce plans for a basketball youth development program to promote physical activity and will become an integral part of the Canadian basketball development system.


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