Coaches hit hard

LANCE HORNBY

, Last Updated: 4:26 AM ET

Yesterday, Reggie Theus of Sacramento Kings became the sixth NBA coach to get fired this year and the third since Jay Triano replaced Sam Mitchell.

"Someone's going to take the heat for teams not being where they expected to be or what expectations were," Triano said. "Any time it happens -- and we went through it here -- you have to feel for the head coach. This is a profession they obviously love and put a lot of time in to."

MAKING VINCE WINCE

While the Raptors had their plan to stop Vince Carter from repeating any heroics from last month's visit, the crowd had its own rough treatment in mind.

Remembering Carter's stunning finish, buckets that took the game to overtime and then a win, they were harsh as ever on the former Raptors star, who was a bit shaky in the game's first four minutes, then sank two shot shots from the field.

The Raptors held him to three points in the re-match last week in New Jersey.

"We know he won't have a night like that again," Triano said before the game.

"He's a great player who had an off night. I don't know if it's anything we did. We just played our defensive system and tried to keep him outside."

VOSKUHL AIMS HIGH

New Raptors centre Jake Voskuhl became an instant trivia question when he walked on the floor for the first time: Name the player with the highest number in team history. Voskuhl debuted with No. 77.

"I wore 43, but Kris (Humphries) has that number," Voskuhkl said. "I thought about wearing seven, but Andrea has that. So (77) was process of elimination, no deep meaning."

Acie Earl and Rafael Arujo both wore 55, the previous high.


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