Moon faces tough task

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:44 AM ET

Jamario Moon is often asked to defend the opposing team's top wing player.

The Raptors rookie has stepped up, but there have been times when Moon has been exposed.

Tonight's challenge comes in the form of Corey Maggette, one of the NBA's best when it comes to attacking the basket and getting to the foul line.

Maggette is coming off a 33-point effort in L.A.'s 111-100 loss to the Celtics in Boston on Wednesday.

When the Raptors beat the Clippers 80-77 on Dec. 18, Maggette was held to 22 points on 7-of-17 shooting. He converted eight of his nine attempts from the line.

"We just have to play our game,'' Moon said of the Clippers. "Regardless of who is out there, we have to worry about us."

BODY OF WORK

Those who have followed the Raptors on a daily basis can't help but notice T.J. Ford's upper body.

During his rehab stint in Houston, where Ford received constant supervision from former player/coach John Lucas, Ford added bulk.

"I worked very hard in Houston,'' Ford said. "It all speaks for itself."

SAM ON SAM

Sam Mitchell is a big fan of Clippers point guard Sam Cassell, who has made plenty of noises in his desire to be bought out of his $6.15-million US deal.

During L.A.'s loss to the Celtics, Cassell, 38, was ejected following a flagrant foul to Rajon Rondo. Not known for his physical play, Cassell has earned a reputation as a big-game player and as someone who is quite talkative on the hardwood.

"Sam likes to talk trash, but if you listen to what he says he understands the game,'' Mitchell said. "Sam is a great guy."


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