Raptors Watch

Steve Buffery -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

NO PANIC IN O'NEILL

Prior to Wednesday's game against the woeful Orlando Magic, the Raptors were shooting the ball terribly.

Still, head coach Kevin O'Neill refused to push the panic button, insisting that his veteran players would shoot their way out of it.

Well, against the Magic, the Raps shot a season-high .531 (43-81) from the field and set a season high with 41 field goals. O'Neill's players also shot a season high .786 (11-14) from three-point range in the 110-90 victory.

"We haven't been a good shooting team, but we're going to improve as the year goes on," O'Neill said yesterday. "I think the more we play together, the more comfortable they are going to get and the more they're going to make shots."

Jalen Rose, who was good on only 13 of 46 attempts (.283) in five games leading up to Wednesday's game, went 8-for-15 against the Magic.

AROUND THE RIM

The Raptor, arguably the NBA's best mascot, will join Chuck Swirsky, the voice of the Raptors, and members of the Raptors Dance Pak this afternoon at 12:30 at the TD Centre, 66 Wellington St. W, Lower Concourse, to promote the Raptors Foundation King Pin Challenge. Fans from around the downtown business district will have the opportunity to bowl during their lunch hour against the Raptor and receive fabulous prizes. Corporate challenges will be made for the coming Raptors Kingpin Challenge -- one team will walk away with an authentic Raptors team autographed basketball ... For those of you with a spouse or special someone who is hoops crazy: For $250, the one and only Raptor will deliver a gift basket containing special keepsakes and Raptor souvenirs to your sweetheart at home or their place of work.

Call 416-815-5480 for details.


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