Raptors perfectly awful

Toronto Raptors' Jose Calderon does his best to drive past a Cleveland defender during first-half...

Toronto Raptors' Jose Calderon does his best to drive past a Cleveland defender during first-half action last night at the ACC. (Toronto Sun/Greg Henkenhaf)

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

So much for Hollywood actors leading glamourous lives.

Big-screen siren Lara Flynn Boyle was spotted at the Raptors game again last night.

The Raptors sunk to 0-4 on the season, the worst start in franchise history, losing to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-93 in front of 18,281 at the Air Canada Centre.

There were few positives to take out of the game, and the biggest problem continued to be the work of the club's two centres. Unless the Raps get some help at that position, head coach Sam Mitchell may soon be carrying on conversations with his car keys.

Starter Loren Woods had zero points and four rebounds in 16 minutes while Rafael Araujo "contributed" two points and one board in six minutes. The Raptors also were let down by poor defence and terrible rebounding.

The Cavs, 2-2 on the season, won the battle of the boards, 47-30. For a change, Toronto shot the ball well -- 49% from the floor -- but that was not enough.

After the game, a subdued Mitchell talked about changing his starting lineup for the game against the Utah Jazz on Friday and even benching some players.

"We're just making mental mistakes that we're not good enough to recover from, he said. "We have to do something to get some communication on defence. We have to get somebody who knows how to execute a game plan. John Wooden said the best teacher is the bench. But If I go that route, it won't be that I'm angry. We just have to grab some people's attention.

"I always felt I was a patient person," he added. "So I guess I'm getting my test. We just have to continue to come out and work hard and go back to training camp mentality."

Second-year superstar LeBron James had 27 for Cleveland while power forward Drew Gooden had a double-double -- 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Donyell Marshall, who departed Toronto after last season, also had a double-double in 24 minutes off the bench with 12 points and 11 boards.

Yet there were some positives for Toronto.

Chris Bosh had a huge game, recording his second double-double of the season, with 26 points and 12 rebounds.

"We're just trying to find ourselves right now," Bosh said. "We have to get back into the gym and work hard, that's the only we know how to get out of a slump."

Point guard Mike James picked up 17 and six assists. Morris Peterson, who arguably has been the best Raptor this season, nailed a three-pointer with 1:11 left in the fourth quarter to run Toronto's three-point streak to a NBA-leading 536 games. Peterson had 15 points on the night.


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