Raptors due for rest

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The Raptors play a home-and-home with the Charlotte Bobcats this week, spaced throughout five days, which also affords Toronto its longest break of the month (three days) and knocking off its only road game between now and April Fool's Day.

The Bobcats will have the benefit of a day's rest before playing host to the Raptors tonight and still are closer to a playoff spot despite Toronto's win yesterday. But they're not much better off than Toronto, fighting a three-game losing streak.

On Saturday, they lost to the awful Minnesota Timberwolves and the night before, Yao Ming sank his first three-pointer in six seasons against Charlotte.

"We're looking at every game now as our playoff series,'' forward Gerald Wallace said. "That's what we have to do be that team we think we are.''

Attack Dinos

Pops Mensah-Bonsu had eight rebounds yesterday and now has pulled down at least seven in each of the five games he has played. Coach Jay Triano also was pleased that Joey Graham snagged 10 yesterday, second to Chris Bosh, which made up for his 0-for-7 shooting afternoon.

"Guys are being a little more aggressive," Triano said. "When you settle for jump shots, you are not getting too many offensive rebounds."

Quote/Unquote

"We have 15 more games to go and we have to keep fighting." -- point guard Jose Calderon.


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