Bad to worse for Raps

Steve Buffery -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

As if having Kobe Bryant score 48 points on you isn't bad enough, the Raptors had their own problems Tuesday night's game. A brutal rain storm kept the Raptors' charter plane parked on the tarmac for close to two hours following the game in Los Angeles and the team did not get into Oakland into the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

The rains were so bad that people inside the Staples Center had to use umbrellas because of a leaky roof. One Toronto reporter had to be carried halfway across the street because of a flood on the road outside the arena.

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You have to wonder if centre Loren Woods is in Sam Mitchell's doghouse.

It's one thing to lose your spot in the starting lineup to a rookie (Rafael Araujo), but it's something else not to see a minute of action off the bench.

Mitchell said, at this point, that he is not "punishing" anyone, just experimenting.

Another Raptor who has seen very little time has been newcomer Aaron Williams. Since joining Toronto on Dec. 20 against Houston, the 6-foot-9 forward/centre has averaged three minutes a game, and did not see any court time against the Lakers.

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The one Raptor who probably played the toughest defence against Kobe Bryant on Tuesday night was small forward Morris Peterson, who is starting since the Vince Carter trade. Bryant scored a season-high 48, but Peterson did a decent job guarding him early. Offensively, Peterson is struggling, shooting 6-for-23 from the field in his past two games ... The Raptors are a woeful 2-16 on the road this season ... Heading into the L.A. game, the Raptors were averaging 96.9 points per game this season after averaging a league-low 85.4 last year. That 11.5 point scoring increase is the second largest in the NBA this season behind the Phoenix Suns, who are averaging 109.3 points, 15.1 more than last year ... The Raptors have now been outrebounded by the opposition in 24 of 30 games this season.


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