Around the NBA: Canada Hot, Chubby Fans Not
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Around the NBA: Canada Hot, Chubby Fans Not

Don’t look now, but the Toronto Raptors are only 2 games out of third place in the Eastern Conference. Currently sitting 10th, and three and a half games back of the streaking Chicago Bulls for the final playoff spot, the Raps can thank the NBA playoff structure and their abysmal Atlantic division for their opportunity at a home court playoff series. Despite how poor a record, the division leader is guaranteed a top-three seed. With their play of late, the 18 and 24 Raptors have a strong chance of securing the division title. Torontoist is thrilled with the Raptors turnaround, while equally excited that Vince Carter’s New Jersey Nets sit dead last in the same Atlantic Division.
2005_01_25fatkidNBA punchout Champion Ron Artest has dropped his street fighting ways and returned to team practice this week. Artest made no comment, but other Pacers were excited to have him back with the team. Fist-fighting wingman Stephen Jackson said “All we can do is pray. Even to think about having him back in that uniform with the No. 91 jersey on, that’s definitely making us happy, but that’s frightening a whole lot of teams. They don’t want to see him back, but we do.” Strong words Stephen! Meanwhile, the first of the two portly individuals that waddled on to the court to challenge Artest during the incident, pleaded ‘No Contest’ in a Michigan courthouse Monday Afternoon. Perhaps a re-match would be a just punishment? Or better yet, fat camp!
2005_01_25nashMVP front-man and BC native Steve Nash scored a season-high 30 points to help his Phoenix Suns beat Wince Carter’s Nets on Monday evening. The win snapped the Suns’ six-game losing streak that started when Hair Canada went down with an injury earlier this month. The fact that the unbeatable Suns couldn’t win a game without Nash has significantly boosted his stock as the League’s MVP. Oh Canada!