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08:08 AM ET 03.11 | Ugh: Amir Johnson (ankle), Jose Calderon (calf), Leandro Barbosa (back), Reggie Evans, Alexis Ajinca and Andrea Bargnani are all ailing. It might not be February any more, but Thursday morning must have felt quite a bit like Groundhog Day for Raptors head coach Jay Triano. Yet again, the fates conspired against Triano and he was unable to run a full practice because so many of his players had to sit out. "We didn't have enough guys to do a whole lot," said Triano, sounding a familiar refrain. Part -- but not all -- of the team's struggles this year can be blamed on a constant string of injuries, along with scheduling quirks which made full assemblage for practices difficult.

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March 11, 2011  08:18 AM ET

seems like a good time to shut down the shop.. Disband the team

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March 11, 2011  08:59 AM ET
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The Raptors are cursed. They are the last remaining Canadian holdout. A northern alamo of sorts. They are doomed. I must agree with Tlee. The shot has been taken, and it hasn't panned out the way some had hoped. It's time to move on.

Contraction candidate #2

March 11, 2011  09:26 AM ET

It's just practice and not a game, Bros.

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March 11, 2011  10:37 AM ET

who cares

March 11, 2011  10:55 AM ET

why is Jay Triano still the coach? that guy is terrible!

March 11, 2011  11:30 AM ET
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9 days up there is too long.

Really? Obviously you've never been to Toronto or Canada. As a native of Buffalo that commutes to Toronto everyday for work I can honestly say it's one of the top 5 cities in North America.

March 11, 2011  11:33 AM ET
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Contraction candidate #2

Ha! Yeah right! The Raptors were just named the 10th most valuable franchise by Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/lists/2011/32/basketball-valuations-11_land.html) why would they be up for contraction?? From a business point of view they had the leagues 6th largest Operating Income and 10th highest Revenue. Get your facts straight before you comment!

March 11, 2011  11:35 AM ET
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why is Jay Triano still the coach? that guy is terrible!

Agreed. I watch a lot of games and thought that Sam Mitchell was a better coach and he got canned for a better record. At the same time I think that Colangelo hasn't done a good job of acquiring talent so it's not like Triano has a lot to work with.

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March 11, 2011  12:23 PM ET
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Ha! Yeah right! The Raptors were just named the 10th most valuable franchise by Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/lists/2011/32/basketball-valuations-11_land.html) why would they be up for contraction?? From a business point of view they had the leagues 6th largest Operating Income and 10th highest Revenue. Get your facts straight before you comment!

I totally agree...the ownership behind the franchise is one of the wealthiest in all of NA sports (MLSE) and even with the absolute **** they put on the court now they still have a better attendance record than more than half the league. They just need to be better with their money they have made some poor choices with long contracts (Caulderon and the whole Turk crap)

March 11, 2011  12:51 PM ET
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...also, if Toronto is in your top 5, I'm dying to hear your other 4.

My Personal top 5 - 1. NYC, 2. LA, 3. Chicago, 4. Toronto, 5. San Diego but that's my opinion and I'm sure you have yours which you're entitled to. All I'm saying is there's a reason why it's the 5th largest city in North America and just because you may not be a fan don't assume that it's such a bad place to live/play for an NBA team.

March 11, 2011  01:01 PM ET

If thought they have good players, the NBA in Canada was never a great idea see the Grizzlies move to Mepmphis. I think its time to move the team to either St. Louis or Kansas City !

March 11, 2011  01:03 PM ET

Toronto does have some good players, but the NBA in Canada has never worked out. See how the Grizzlies moved to Memphis, I think its time to move the team to either St. Louis or Kansas City !

 
March 11, 2011  01:05 PM ET
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If thought they have good players, the NBA in Canada was never a great idea see the Grizzlies move to Mepmphis. I think its time to move the team to either St. Louis or Kansas City !

The reason it didn't work in Vancouver was the **** GM Stu Jackson assembling the crappiest team ever....They wasted a lot of good high draft picks on **** players that never really lived up to their hype (Bryant Reeves....yikes)

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