Silence is golden

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

For a change, Raptors coach Sam Mitchell's phone wasn't ringing off the hook Sunday.

This is what happens when a team wins two games in a row after losing 15 of

"The funny thing about it is when you lose everybody calls, when you win no one calls," Mitchell said. "I prefer to keep winning, so no one calls."

During the losing streak, Mitchell received advice from all kinds of different people. He listened to some of them and ignored others.

"Everybody wants to coach that's never coached before," Mitchell said. "You understand that. You take it for what it's worth. You consider the source. If it's people who I trust their basketball mind, coaches and people who have coached, you tend to listen. If it's someone yelling out riding by in the car at 40 m.p.h., I tend not to listen."

Just what do those crazy motorists say?

"I don't think I can say it," Mitchell said with a smile.

A HELPING HAND

When power forwards Chris Bosh and Charlie Villanueva are on the floor together, Bosh usually is responsible for the bigger opposing player.

The third-year player knows a thing or two about matching up against big veterans as a developing player -- because the Raptors haven't exactly had star centres during Bosh's time here -- and he wants to take a load off Villanueva's shoulders

"I know how it is being a rookie and taking big guys," Bosh said. "I wouldn't want him to do nothing like that. I just take the bigger, stronger guy because sometimes vets can be crafty and this is my third year and I've seen some of those crafty moves they use."

TRADE TALK?

Eric Williams is a spare part on the Raptors these days, but apparently the Philadelphia 76ers might be interested in the veteran forward. The Philadelphia Daily News reported Monday that the 76ers have talked to the Raptors about Williams.


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