No changes in lineup

DEAN McNULTY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:55 AM ET

There'll be no breaking up that old gang of Sam's tomorrow against the Miami Heat.

Raptor coach Sam Mitchell said he will stick with starting forward Eric Williams and keep bringing Jalen Rose off the bench, in spite of Rose's hot hand of late.

There was some speculation that Williams -- with only 2 points and 1 assist against Charlotte Bobcats Sunday -- might be scratched from the first five.

But Mitchell said he's not about to tinker with a line-up that has produced an 8-3 record over the past 11 games.

"I am just happy with the chemistry and the makeup of our team right now,"Mitchell said yesterday. "Eric brings a different dimension to the team. He keeps the guys talking on defence, his offence is going to come."

Mitchell said it's not always the things that show up on the stats sheet.

"I have been pleased (with Williams),"Mitchell said. "I have no inclination to do anything different tomorrow."

Williams said that he thinks the coach's plan is working, so why change it.

"I'm pretty much starting the game and (Rose is) pretty much finishing it," Williams said.

Williams did have some kind words for Rose.

"He's a great player," Williams said. "He's one of those guys who can score anytime. We need guys like that."

SORE LOSER

Raptors forward Donyell Marshall wasn't the least bit impressed with the way the media has treated Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the wake of the team's 41-27 AFC Championship loss to the New England Patriots.

"The only thing that pissed me off about the game was the TV announcers saying in the second half 'Will we see Tommy Maddox'," Marshall said. "Listen Ben took us there, he had a great year. So he has one bad game and the TV guys are saying 'pull him', I say let him lose it."

Marshall, who hails from Reading, Pa., has been a lifelong Steelers fan.


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