Raps battle inconsistency

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

Matt Bonner may have been an honours student throughout high school and university, but the Red Rocket can't solve every problem.

The Raptors forward, who mastered in business administration at Florida, was at a loss for words when asked if the Raptors' penchant for late-game rallies makes them lackadaisical to start halves.

"I'm not a psychologist or anything so it's hard for me to answer that one," Bonner said. "The bottom line is when we want to, we can dominate games. We've shown that when we come back from these deficits."

In the past two games, both losses, the Raptors have been horrible in the third quarter, getting outscored by double digits against the Utah Jazz and the Portland Trail Blazers.

"How we play when we're down, that's how we have to play from the start," Bonner said.

MO DOESN'T KNOW

The strange part about the 0-2 start to this West Coast trip is the fact the Raptors entered the road swing coming off one of their best games in a long time.

The Raptors scored a franchise-record 129 points in an easy win over the New York Knicks Sunday at the Air Canada Centre.

"It's kind of like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," swingman Morris Peterson said. "We played well Sunday, we didn't play well against Utah and we didn't play well (against Portland). We talked about getting off to a good start on this road trip and we're 0-2."

BRIEFLY

When Rob Babcock called up Pape Sow from the D-League Wednesday, he said the team will evaluate the second-year forward/centre in practice if he doesn't get into games. That's going to be awfully tough to do during the next week and a bit.

The Raptors play six games in the next 10 days and the schedule-maker hasn't given the team reason to smile. After the road swing ends Monday, they have just one day off before a home game against the Chicago Bulls Wednesday and then head right back on the road for a game against the Milwaukee Bucks next Friday.


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