Raptors unbeatable so far

Toronto Raptors rookie Andrea Bargnani tries to block Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo during first half...

Toronto Raptors rookie Andrea Bargnani tries to block Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo during first half preseason action at the ACC Wednesday night. (Toronto Sun/Ernest Doroszuk)

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

The Raptors could stand to be a bit more selfish.

If that were the case, perhaps the Raptors would not only win, but do so in a more convincing fashion.

Despite not shooting or running as much as coach Sam Mitchell wanted, the Raptors improved to 2-0 on the pre-season with a 118-112 overtime win over the Boston Celtics last night before 13,124 at the Air Canada Centre in the team's home debut.

While Mitchell wasn't about to complain too much about a win during which his second unit continued to shine, he likely will be using a football term at practice the next three days -- run and shoot.

"We've got to continue to get in better shape," Mitchell said. "We're missing a lot of good shots and we're turning down a lot of good shots. We've just got to continue to work hard.

"It's going to get to a point where it just clicks in."

Mitchell and general manager Bryan Colangelo want the team to run a fast-paced offence, but that remains a work in progress. Having an ugly pre-season game with 74 fouls and 66 turnovers doesn't help that cause.

The players, however, have to make an adjustment to a completely new look. At one point, Mitchell bellowed, "Shoot the freaking ball," after newcomer Fred Jones passed up an open look.

"It's going to take me a little while to get used to it or get comfortable with that role," Jones said. "Once something is beat into your head for four years (he played in a much slower system with the Indiana Pacers), it's hard to get rid of. That's probably the main reason I'm missing shots right now. I'm not letting it flow or get to my spots. I'll correct that."

The guy who has been delegated to run the rapid-fire show, point guard T.J. Ford, has not found his rhythm. The fleet-footed Ford fouled out after 23 minutes of work yesterday and doesn't appear to be on the same page as his teammates yet.

"Right now, everybody is still getting used to me and I'm still trying to get used to everybody else," Ford said. "Sometimes I try to do a bit too much."

The good news is the Raptors' bench clearly is much deeper than last season's version. After the Raptors blew a chance to win the game in regulation -- they should have fouled the Celtics long before Rajon Rondo hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to tie it at 102-102 -- the reserves stepped up.

The standouts from the bench were Jorge Garbajosa and backup point guard and fellow Spaniard Jose Calderon. Garbajosa, who finished with 18 points, hit two three-pointers to open overtime, while Calderon followed with a driving layup. Calderon played well at both ends of the floor while filling in for Ford, notching 13 points and six assists.

"I thought Jose played great," Mitchell said. "I thought he controlled the game, he looked for his shot a little more and was more aggressive offensively ... Jose has been playing with a lot of confidence since the world championships (when he teamed with Garbajosa to help Spain win gold)."


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