Every game matters

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell hates the big game question, but playing a division rival, the question is raised.

Predictably, Mitchell knocks it back down.

Yesterday, with the New Jersey Nets in town, the scenario played out one more time.

"I don't want to put too much emphasis on this one game with so many still to play," Mitchell began. "You have to take them one at a time. They're all important. I understand the tiebreaker situation."

Asked if he had mentioned the tiebreaker -- the Nets won two of the first three games in the season series and would get the nod if the two teams wound up tied at the end of the year should they win last night's game -- to his players, Mitchell sounded insulted.

"No, why should I?" Mitchell asked. " I would beg to differ that a lot of these players are a lot smarter than whatever credit you (media people) give them. They know New Jersey has beaten us twice. But when we come back from the break the Cleveland game is going to be just as important."

No whine in this guy

In the aftermath of the Raptors win over the Chicago Bulls Tuesday night, more than a few Bulls were complaining that either a) the foul call on Tyrus Thomas that sent Chris Bosh to the line for the eventual winning points was bogus; b) the game officials let a few extra seconds roll off the clock on the foul handcuffing the Bulls ability to set up a decent play on their last short or; c) Ben Gordon's air-ball on the final shot of the game should have been a foul on T.J. Ford.

Granted, whining about officials is a nightly pastime in the NBA, but how often do you hear the losing coach complimenting the referees for having the guts to make a call with the game on the line?

That was Bulls coach Scott Skiles after the Raps 112-11 over Chicago, their first win over the Bulls since December of 2002.

"I like the fact that call was made if it was a foul, and I thought it was," Skiles told reporters after the game regarding the Thomas foul. I don't know what the secret is to getting that one. Tonight, they got it. I just think it's inconsistent sometimes."


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