Raps decline to protest

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

The league has been telling the Raptors there is no point in filing an official protest over the T.J. Ford basket at the buzzer that was not counted on Wednesday night. The Raptors grudgingly finally agreed not to lodge the protest, but that doesn't mean Bryan Colangelo is fully in agreement with it.

Colangelo spent a good part of the 48 hours (the time period allowed to file a protest) between Wednesday night's loss and last night trying to argue his point but to no avail with the league.

On a perfectly designed play with just half a second left on the clock and the game tied, Ford corralled an inbounds pass from Carlos Delfino at the rim and layed it in just as the clock ran out. The referees ruled Ford had not completely released the ball when time ran out. But the Raptors' problem with the play are the replays that appear to show the clock running before the ball gets to Ford.

Well after the fact, the suggestion was made by Atlanta forward Al Horford that he actually touched the inbounds pass from Delfino before it got to Ford which apparently would explain the clock starting. Colangelo has gone over the replays time and again and is convinced Horford did not touch the ball but based on the fact that the league has never in it's history changed the result of a game based on human error, Colangelo decided it was useless to lodge the protest.

AROUND THE RIM

Not to put a damper on all the TJ versus Jose Calderon feuding, but the duo appears to be back to the efficient two-point duo that they showed earlier in the year before Ford's injury woes began.

Wednesday in Atlanta the pair combined for 23 assists and 26 points with both winding up in double digits in the assist department.


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