Raps fly under radar

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:14 AM ET

The Raptors marched into Boston and defeated the NBA's best team, and their exploits were not front page news across the NBA, or even in some Toronto media outlets.

Head coach Sam Mitchell was asked again yesterday if his club's lack of recognition around the NBA, and at home, bothers him or his players. Playing in Canada always has reduced the Raptors to also-ran status in terms of recognition south of the border, and they always have been poor cousins to the Leafs in this market.

"Does it bother us? No. We don't even talk about it, because there's nothing we can do about it anyway," he said.

"You look throughout the NBA when they talk about all the teams, and they never mention us. We stay under the radar, and hopefully, at the end, we're right there again, like we were last year."

Los Angeles-based radio commentator Jim Rome angered Raptors fans last week when he asked Chris Bosh why the fifth-year Raptor didn't sign with a team in a "major market" last year when he had the chance, suggesting that Toronto was a backwater or something.

"That's (a perception) we're always going to have to deal with," Mitchell said. "And so, what you do is, you play. You don't worry about what they say, you don't worry about perceptions. And if you win, and keep winning, and you win long enough, you'll finally get your due. We just won for the first time last year, so we've got to keep being consistent and winning games. And when we do that, the recognition will come."

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