Alvin gets better of coach

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

For two guys whose best playing days figure to be behind them, injured Raptors point guard Alvin Williams and coach Sam Mitchell still can work up a good sweat.

Williams and Mitchell, both of whom have had microfracture knee surgery, were the last guys out of the gym as they engaged in an intense one-on-one game after the final practice of the season yesterday. While they talked a lot of trash and seemed to have a good time, Williams came out on top, prompting Mitchell to curse at the longest-serving Raptor.

"He (Mitchell) could move okay for an old guy," point guard Darrick Martin said as Mitchell talked to the media.

"We're just in here messing around a little bit," Mitchell said. "Practice was over with, it was just what we do after practice."

THEY SHOOT, THEY SCORE

The Raptors could have two players finish in the top 20 in NBA scoring this season for the first time in the team's 11-year history.

Raptors star forward Chris Bosh has locked up a top-20 spot as he entered last night's play in 14th with an average of 22.5 points per game. The question is whether point guard Mike James can accomplish the feat. James entered last night in a tie for 20th (20.3 points) with Joe Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks and Richard Hamilton of the Detroit Pistons, while Chris Webber of the Philadelphia 76ers and Rashard Lewis of the Seattle Sonics are just behind at 20.2

No matter if James is in the top 20 or not, it appears the Raptors will have two 20-point scorers for the first time in team history after the season finale tonight in Chicago against the Bulls.

STAY STRONG

Mitchell is doing his best to guard against complacency. For example, a guy like rookie Charlie Villanueva could be satisfied after a solid first season and stop working at the same level. The best way to stop that from happening, Mitchell said, is to have a deep roster.

"What (president/general manager) Bryan (Colangelo) and I have talked about is making every position competitive," Mitchell said. "The worst thing you can have is a guy looking over his shoulder and know, 'Hey, I don't really have to worry.'"


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