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Updated: February 19, 2004, 11:22 AM ET
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Toronto Raptors: As if losing their third game in a row wasn't bad enough, the Raptors' Chris Bosh and Vince Carter also injured their ankles during the game. Carter thinks there might by something devious going on after tussling with Bruce Bowen earlier in the game. "It's just unfortunate," said Carter in the Globe and Mail. "I was going to take the shot and I question whether it was an accident or it was on purpose, because it's not very often you see someone putting their foot right up under you like that. Nevertheless, it's unfortunate and you have to move on."

Zach Randolph
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Portland Trail Blazers: Zach Randolph missed the team's shootaround and as a result was benched by head coach Maurice Cheeks for the start of the game. "I want to start; I want to play," Randolph said in the Oregonian. "But I missed the shootaround, so I had to face the consequences. It won't happen again." But the consequences may go even further now that the Blazers have another power forward in the fold in Shareef Abdur-Rahim. "As the season moves on, we'll see whether those two can co-exist on the floor, and I know they can," Cheeks said.

Los Angeles Lakers: Former Laker Nick Van Exel says the Lakers have the league exactly where they want them. "The year after I left, they got Dennis Rodman," said Van Exel in the Los Angeles Times. "I mean, it's nothing new. I just think they play well when they do things like that. When there's always controversy, that's when they're at their best. I don't think teams really like to see them when they're bickering and things like that, because they just find a way to tune in and really get focused… Every team in the league goes through things. And every team in the league patches things up, but most teams can't do it on the court… They can do that."


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