Less talk, more action

BILL HARRIS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said his run-and-gun team has a stylistic advantage when it travels to loud, hostile buildings such as Arco Arena in Sacramento and the Delta Center in Salt Lake City.

Namely, the Raptors don't necessarily have to talk to communicate.

"These buildings are tough, loud, and it's hard to communicate with your players, but that's why I like the way we play -- a lot of stuff, we don't have to call," Mitchell said before the Raptors took on the Sacramento Kings last night.

"We can leave it up to our point guards. Rafer (Alston) has been very good at that. We have Rafer and Milt (Palacio), and they both can handle it.

"If they (the point guards) aren't looking at (the coach) to call a play on every possession, it helps. That doesn't mean it's going to be the difference in a game, but it helps."

Mitchell said he wants his team to try to run, regardless of where it's playing or who it's playing against.

"If you do that, there are no calls in there, so hopefully we're shooting layups," Mitchell said with a grin. "If we can get 100 attempts, all dunks and layups, I'll be happy."

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Speaking of Mitchell's happiness, he and Raptors marquee player Vince Carter had a discussion on that subject following the club's 101-97 win against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday in Toronto. Carter hit a fadeaway three-point jumper with 4.8 seconds to go in the fourth quarter that turned out to be the game-winner.

"Hell, (Carter) shot it too early," Mitchell said. "He told me, 'You're never happy.' And I told him, 'No! You shot it too early.' "

Mitchell said he knows he can't put the ball into a player's hands and then tell that player exactly what to do. However, the player must be prepared to live with the after-the-fact questions -- for example, had the Raptors gone on to lose on Sunday, Carter would have been asked, "Why did you shoot so early and leave the other team so much time?"

"As long as (Carter) is prepared to answer that question, I'm prepared to support (his decision)," Mitchell said.


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