Garbajosa working it out

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:36 AM ET

Jorge Garbajosa has no reason to believe he has become a poor shooter overnight.

Rather, he thinks his usually reliable shot will make a return sometime soon.

The Spanish-born Raptors rookie forward has gone 2-for-14 from the field in his first two regular games, but the shooting slump becomes 7-for-35 when you factor in his final four pre-season games. Garbajosa hit 18 of his 40 shots in the first four pre-season games and was a career 51% shooter in Euroleague play.

"The only thing I can do is try to make a lot of shots in practice," said Garbajosa, whose shot has looked flat recently. "That's what I'm doing, trying to get confidence. I think it's just a matter of time."

While scouting reports surely warned defenders about Garbajosa's accuracy from outside early in the pre-season, he has missed a good number of open looks.

Despite the shooting woes, Garbajosa remains one of the first men off the bench.

"To score is just one part of the game," he said. "It's important, obviously. I prefer to make my shots, but if it doesn't get in, I've got to do a lot of things to help my team."

RUN RASHO RUN

New Raptors centre Rasho Nesterovic may not be the fastest man in basketball, but he's having a good time playing a fast-paced style in Toronto.

"It's very free-minded," said Nesterovic, who played a much slower tempo in San Antonio with the Raptors' opponents today, the Spurs.

"Players have their fate in their own hands. We can decide what moves to make. That's pretty good. It brings everybody's individual creativity out."

BRIEFLY

Point guard Darrick Martin's daughter, Bailey, wearing a Martin No. 2 Raptors jersey, was on hand for practice yesterday ... With a win today, the Raptors (1-1) would go over .500 for the first time since Nov. 13, 2004 when they were 4-3 ... The Raptors tied a franchise record for points scored in a home opener with a 109-92 win over the Milwaukee Bucks Friday.


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