Cinderella who?

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

The term "Cinderella season" is being used pretty liberally where the Raptors are concerned this season but you won't hear it in the locker room.

"When you say Cinderella that kind of brings to mind a team that is somewhere it's not supposed to be," guard Anthony Parker said. "I don't think that's the case here. You would never say Chicago had a Cinderella season. You look at them and you say they're supposed to be there. I think just because we're not on (U.S. national television) and it's the first time we're all together and we've never done something like this before, that you look at it as a surprise. I don't look at it as something that is a fluke."

Chris Bosh can see why people might view the Raps in that light, but he doesn't share that view.

"I think the definition of a Cinderella season would, I guess, fit us but if you ask us I don't think we're like that," Bosh said. "Nobody really expected much from us but within the room we're one of the best teams in East. That's how we feel."

CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

Parker has fielded his share of "Who would you prefer to face in the first round?" questions but he's not going to fall for that one.

"You want to stay away from giving other teams ammunition but you really don't know," Parker said. "Certainly it's one of those things where you have to be careful what you ask for because you never know what could happen or what team will do what. You're really not in control so those are questions you can't really answer."

And then there's the way New Jersey's Bostjan Nachbar handled this same question when it was put to him by the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

"We're not going to just throw away the last two games and say, 'Oh, we're seventh or eighth, we made the playoffs,'" Nachbar told the newspaper. "We're going to try to get the sixth spot.

"If that means we have to play Toronto, then we have to play Toronto," Nachbar said. "That's my honest opinion. I'm not choosing who I want to play against. I'm just trying to get to sixth, personally."

Vince Carter, Nachbar's teammate and a well-known man in these parts, handled it this way.

"I don't care. I never cared," the ex-Raptor said of the six spot.

"I just wanted to continue to play and play well. In my mind, it's ... step on the court, help my team win games, and the rest will take care of itself."

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"I won't argue. We have games 1,2,3, and 4 coming up and I know I probably won't come out much in those games so I need to take my rest now when I can get it."

Bosh when asked how he would respond to a lesser role over the next two games.


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