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The Other Side: Toronto Raptors

When is this season going to be over, already? (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

Caron Butler daggggerrred!!! the Toronto Raptors on Friday with a step-back buzzer-beating jump shot over Shawn Marion, to give the Washington Wizards a 100-98 victory and save them from an(other) embarrassing loss.

The Raptors (31-49) came back to defeat the Philadephia 76ers 111-104 on Sunday, finishing their home season on a high note, with all five starters scoring in double figures. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Raptors. Toronto will finish the season on Wednesday in Chicago.

The Raptors and Wizards have both won on their opponents' floor this season, splitting both games with the finale tonight. Here's what else you should know about the Raptors as they prepare to play the Wizards at Verizon Center:

1. Chris Bosh Is Not Talking About His Future
Bosh doesn't have much planned this summer other than rest, which might be all Raptors fans want to hear with constant chirping that he may be on the move this summer. Bosh remained coy about his future on Sunday but the Raptors fate revolves around him.

2. Jay Triano Is Pleased With The Results
Since taking over for Sam Mitchell in December, Jay Triano is 23-40, but he feels he has improved as coach. Raptors General Manager Bryan Colangelo has dropped hints that he's pleased with the job Triano has done. But the Raptors have a lot of work to do.

3. Andrea Bargnani, Shot-Blocking Machine?
Maybe not. But on Sunday against Philadelphia, Bargnani tied a career-high with six blocked shots. It was his most since Dec. 17, 2006 and was a true statistical anomaly because he had just two rebounds. How many 3-to-1 blocks to boards ratios do you see?

By Michael Lee  |  April 13, 2009; 4:26 PM ET
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I have doubts we can win this time around but we do have the advantage of the home court. At this point id like to see 2 losses so we can get that extra 2-3% in the Blake sweeps

Posted by: WizardsExtreme | April 13, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

If HAYWOOD's on the court and brings it, I roll with the 'ZARDS.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 13, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

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