Coach, GM react in much different ways

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

Talk about different reactions.

Minutes after ornery Raptors coach Sam Mitchell barked at a photographer for taking his picture yesterday at practice, general manager Rob Babcock sounded like a proud parent when discussing his team's resilience with reporters.

"I was very impressed with our players (after a 90-86 overtime loss Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons)," Babcock said. "When you go down 12 points to the world champions on their court and fight back and get right back in the game with a chance to win it, they never gave up ... I'm pleased. They've been playing hard all the way through (a 1-5 road swing). The last couple of weeks with all the distractions (trade rumours) in the media, I really admire our players and commend them for their efforts."

Mitchell also praised his team, but wasn't exactly in a mood for a lengthy chat with the media. The loss of star Vince Carter (strained left Achilles tendon) for two games doesn't make Mitchell's life any easier.

"When you lose one of your starters and star players, it's always going to be a factor," he said.

"Take a good player off any team in the league and it hurts them. You do the math.

"He's our best player and if he's out, it's going to hurt us, there's no way around it. Guys coming off the bench haven't scored like Vince has scored, or done the things he's done."

ETERNAL OPTIMIST

Donyell Marshall is convinced the Raptors actually can win some games.

"We could very easily be 14-7 (instead of 7-14)," said Marshall, whose team has lost 10 games by eight points or less. "We're making the small mental mistakes that are hurting us late in games. We've just got to play a good 48 minutes. Right now, we're playing 46, 47 minutes."


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