Raptors keep plugging

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

Sam Mitchell has a message for Raptors fans hoping for an overnight turnaround.

It's not going to happen.

"We're all hoping for a miracle and it just doesn't work that way," the Raptors coach said. "Like Ben Hogan said, golf is luck, the harder I work, the luckier I get. These guys work hard and it's going to come. When winning is going to come, we don't know. It's just going to take time."

With three rookies playing major roles, Mitchell has made it a priority to let the young guys play through some of their problems.

"Our biggest problem is youth and inexperience," he said. "(If) you've got a remedy for that, other than these guys getting on the court playing and learning, I'm all ears."

Mitchell knows he has to be patient.

"I wish people would understand there are no quick fixes to this game," he said. "This game is a lot harder than what people think."

MEANINGLESS STREAK?

The Raptors' 535-game streak of hitting at least one three-pointer was in danger of ending Monday night, but Mitchell couldn't care less about that run. Morris Peterson extended the string to 536 games with a three-ball with just over a minute left in a 105-93 loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

After it was explained to him, Mitchell said, "That's nice ... Should it (matter)? I think (the players) would prefer to have wins."

PIVOTAL STRETCH

Wise Raptors television analyst Jack Armstrong said on the Fan 590 AM yesterday people should have a better idea of what this team is all about after the next six games.

The Raptors' first four losses came against teams with a combined record of 11-4 entering play last night.

Their next six games, before the Raptors begin a four-game western swing, are against opponents with a combined record of 8-11.

BRIEFLY

The Raptors have not outscored an opponent in the first quarter this season ... With 26 points and 12 rebounds Monday, Raptors forward Chris Bosh recorded his 47th double-double.


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