Sam demands effort

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 8:03 AM ET

Quoting stats to Sam Mitchell is a quick journey to a short conversation. The Raptors coach believes in one stat and one stat only and that's the win/loss total. Everything else is just crap. Mitchell does not consult stat sheets to see who should or should not be playing.

"I don't look at all these stats," Mitchell said. "An old coach once told me a long time ago what I could do with a stat sheet and what it's good for. You have your concepts. You have your principals and what we are going to do and guys have to go out and execute it. If they're not executing it, you find guys who will.

"We just make sure guys are accountable. If they understand that at some point they're going to have to come sit down and watch if they're not guarding, that's the defence. Not playing, if you're not guarding. I'm not saying your guy can't score or you'll sit down. Guys make tough shots, but if you're not where you're supposed to be in rotations, if you're not back in transition, then you're not doing the stuff you're supposed to do. My response is to get you out of the game."

Ask Joey Graham, Kris Humphries, Jamario Moon, really anyone on the team, and they know what is expected of them.

Lately they've been delivering more often than not. Getting back in transition, contesting shots and making their opponents work for their baskets.

NO BREAKS FOR RAPS

There was a chance the Raptors were going to be facing an undermanned Pacers team in Indianapolis last night but the basketball gods were having none of it. The Pacers' Greg Foster, the team's leading rebounder has been out the past two games with back spasms but was in uniform last night.


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