After an injury-filled pre-season, the Raptors lost their first player to injury for a regular season game last night.
Forward Kris Humphries sprained his right ankle Sunday against the Sacramento Kings and missed the game against the Golden State Warriors late last night in Oakland.
Humphries wasn't in uniform for morning shootaround. He is listed as day-to-day.
JUST PLAY, JORGE
Jorge Garbajosa has not played anywhere close to his perceived potential this season, but coach Sam Mitchell insists he has not lost faith in the rookie forward.
The Spaniard was on the bench for the entire second half of a loss against the Sacramento Kings Sunday and played just three minutes in the first half. But Mitchell said he won't hesitate to use Garbajosa, just because he's locked in a serious shooting slump (22.2% from the field and 15.4% from three-point range entering a game last night against the Golden State Warriors.
"I firmly believe he's going to make shots and be the player that we know he's going to be," Mitchell said. "Right now, like I told him, just get your swagger back. He has the goods to be one of our better team defenders."
While Garbajosa tends to stand on the perimeter to try to find open looks, Mitchell said the Spaniard is anything but a one-dimensional offensive player.
"Jorge can put the ball on the floor and drive by guys," Mitchell said. "He can make good passes, he makes good decisions and he's comfortable doing that. When he gets comfortable and starts making that shot, he's going to really be able to get by guys because then they're going to have to respect his shot."
It should not surprise anyone, but Raptors guard/forward Anthony Parker is putting up much bigger numbers this season than in his previous season in the NBA when he was a bit player for the Orlando Magic in 2000.
Parker, a starter with Toronto, is averaging 12.3 points, 2.0 assists and 30.8 minutes. In his first six games with Orlando in 2000, he averaged 3.3 points, 0.5 assists and 15.1 minutes.