Mitchell looks to Aaron

MIKE GANTER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

To the surprise of just about no one, Aaron Williams was in the Raptors' starting lineup last night.

With the club struggling with its inside defence and being out-rebounded by a huge margin in all four of its games coming into last night's game against the Utah Jazz, Williams' insertion in the lineup was expected to give the Raps a little more than they were getting from the tandem of Loren Woods and Rafael Araujo.

"Hopefully he can give us a lift," head coach Sam Mitchell said of the lineup change.

At 6-foot-9, Williams is a little undersized for the centre position but with the Raptors getting nothing from either Woods or Araujo, the coach really had nothing to lose by inserting Williams into the lineup.

Williams, who had played only limited minutes in the previous two games, had impressed.

PAPE IS BACK

Eric Williams' loss is Pape Sow's gain.

Unable to practise all week following a collision with point guard Jose Calderon, Eric Williams was put on the inactive roster for last night's game.

Sow began the season on the the inactive roster with a strained left groin.

LEARNING EXPERIENCE

The Jazz may not have a scary lineup like the New Jersey Nets, who can throw Vince Carter, Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson at you, but Utah can be scary just the same.

The Jazz is scary because of its precision passing and disciplined defence and the way it turns those aspects of its game into easy baskets.

Mitchell and his staff spent the better part of the week preparing their young charges for that type of discipline, but Mitchell knew none of his charges would really appreciate what they were up against until they saw it first hand.

"It's difficult to drive home to these guys exactly how (the Jazz) run their offence and things they're going to do," Mitchell said.

"It's like anything. They're not really going to understand it until they see it for themselves. I know I keep saying that but unfortunately that's the only way you learn. There are no shortcuts in this learning process."


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