Give Garbajosa a break: Mitchell

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

Andrea Bargnani hasn't been a secret in the league for quite a while, but it still is interesting to see the reaction of the opposing big men who are forced to guard him each night.

Count Eddy Curry among the Bargnani believers.

"It's tough (defending him) because it goes against everything that you are used to doing," Curry said. "In my position, when I see a guard penetrate I am trying to help out and tonight I couldn't do it and I got caught kind of in between a couple of times and he burned me."

The reason Curry couldn't help on the guards was because the minute he did the ball would get kicked back to an open Bargnani for another three.

"I didn't really have to chase him, it was one of those things where going into the game, I wasn't really anticipating guarding him, so when I was on him, I kind of reverted back to what I would do normally. He wasn't out there running screens, it was just the guard (T.J. Ford) was penetrating and I was trying to help a little bit and it was too late."

RAPS ANTE UP

The Raptors Foundation Student Scholarship was unveiled yesterday and will provide four $5,000 scholarships annually.

In order to qualify students must be between 15 and 24-years-old and must submit an application through an Ontario registered charity.

They must carry a minimum 60% grade average in their final year of high school and have been involved in their community. Applications must also include letters of support from a registered charity and teacher, coach or employer.

The deadline for this year's applications is April 5, More information is available at www.raptors.com.

AROUND THE RIM

With last night's win, the Raptors moved to seven games over .500 for the first time since Feb. 12, 2002, the last time the Raps made the post-season ... Toronto is 16-1 when shooting over 50% from the field in a game and have been over the 50% mark in four of their past five contests.


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