Coach can make some experiments

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:10 AM ET

Raptors general manager Rob Babcock will not mind one bit if coach Sam Mitchell experiments with his lineup during the final nine games of the season.

"It can be a time for Sam to look at different combinations and to see who can play different positions," Babcock said.

Mitchell has shown different looks recently, using three different starting centres -- Rafael Araujo, Aaron Williams and Loren Woods. He also has mixed up his rotation, pretty much benching veteran Lamond Murray and giving more time to rookie Pape Sow.

DOWNTOWN DEMONS

The Raptors set a record for most three-pointers in a season Sunday when they nailed 11 threes against the Detroit Pistons to give them 592 for the season. The previous high was 589, back in 1996-97. The Raptors are second in the league this season with a .387 three-point efficiency. They have made at least one three-pointer in 523 consecutive games.

KUDOS FROMDETROIT

The Pistons had some nice things to say about the Raptors after the game Sunday.

"Toronto has got some really good young kids," Pistons coach Larry Brown said. "They made shots and executed well. This is a tough place to play and they play well at home, so this is a good win for us."

Said guard Richard Hamilton, "They are a team that really gets up and down and puts points on the board in a hurry."

BRIEFLY

The sellout crowd of 19,800 Sunday was the Raptors' eighth full house of the season at the Air Canada Centre ... The Raptors play host to the Memphis Grizzlies tomorrow night and that's probably not a good thing for the home side. Toronto scored a season-low 75 points in its previous game against the Grizzlies, an 86-75 loss March 4 in Memphis.


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