Raptors low on guards

MIKE GANTER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

A lack of options at the guard position are leaving Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell's hands a little tied at times.

With Alvin Williams on the inactive list the past three games, Mitchell is using both Mike James and rookie Jose Calderon at the point guard position.

James, who had a career high 36 points in Sunday's games could also be used at the shooting guard position but Mitchell doesn't feel comfortable doing that for any length of time.

"We have two point guards and the thing we have to be careful about is not wearing them both out," he said. "If I move Mike to a two-guard then who do I come back to (when Jose needs a rest)."

Mitchell said it is a shortage that will have to be addressed.

"At some point that's something Rob and I will talk about," he said. "We felt like it hurt us last year when we had just two point guards."

Williams, meanwhile, had his right knee that he had surgery on last Nov. re-examined yesterday in Birmingham, Ala. by Dr. James Andrews.

Results of those tests will not be known until tonight when the Raptors play in Philadelphia.

"We didn't feel like we could find anyone better than Alvin if he was good to go," Mitchell said. "That's obvious. It's unfortunate that right now he's not (good), but we have to make plans and do our thing. It's unfortunate. We really could use him. Even if he was at 85% but he's not and we have to do some things because we're wearing Mike and Jose out right now."

WON'T GET ANY EASIER

No one is happy about a six-game losing streak, but the longer the streak continues the harder it's going to be to get a win.

"The longer you have a zero in the win column the more personally teams take it and want to make sure they're not the team you get your first win against," Raps veteran guard Jalen Rose said.

PUTBACKS

With their loss Sunday, the Raptors are now winless in five of the seven days of the week. Only Tuesday and Thursday, two nights the Raps have obviously not played on yet, remain.


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