More lows for Raptors

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

Unless the Raptors can shock the basketball world, they will finish the season having matched the second longest losing streak in franchise history.

The Raptors have lost 10 games in a row -- for only the fifth time in franchise history -- with three games remaining. Twice, the Raptors have lost 13 consecutive games while the record is 17, from Nov. 6- Dec. 9, 1997.

The Raptors' remaining games are against playoff teams. They play host to the Detroit Pistons tonight, the Indiana Pacers on Monday and finish the season in Chicago against the Bulls on Wednesday.

LINEUP SHUFFLE

With just 10 healthy bodies, Raptors coach Sam Mitchell will need his players to be versatile in the final three games. One guy who will have to adjust on the fly is rookie forward Joey Graham, whose athleticism allows him to move around.

"Joey may have to play some two (position), may have to play some three, may have to play some four," Mitchell said. "Just go out and play basketball.

Mitchell wants his team to concentrate on being aggressive.

"The guys have to (put) the onus on themselves to just go out and play and just go out and let it all hang out," he said. "Like I've said 50 times, I'm really not worried about mistakes. Just play hard, do the best they can every night."

DARKO DOES DETROIT

The team the Raptors play tonight -- the Pistons -- and the team they faced in their previous game -- the Orlando Magic -- had an interesting confrontation last week.

The surging Magic beat the Pistons and underachiever Darko Milicic, traded at the deadline to Orlando from Detroit, which drafted him second overall in 2004, scored eight points, including a hook over Rasheed Wallace.

"I told you all (that Milicic could play) but you didn't want to listen," Wallace told the Detroit News. "You all thought I was full of it. But I told a lot of people that all Darko needed was some time and he couldn't get it here because he was playing behind me, Dyess (Antonio McDyess) and Ben (Wallace). Darko is all right."

That prompted Chauncey Billups to say, "I wish we would have played Darko instead of you."

Wallace quipped, "Yeah and I wish we had Chris Paul as our point guard."


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