The chemistry will come

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

Eight pre-season games and nine regular-season games is not enough time for nine new players to develop great chemistry with six holdovers.

At least that's the feeling of Raptors star Chris Bosh, who still is trying to get a handle of where he's supposed to be on the court when point guard T.J. Ford has the ball.

"Especially (he is trying to understand) where the passes are coming from because T.J. is looking for me in a certain spot," Bosh said. "He wants me to stop in certain places and be certain places at certain times. I've been watching a lot of film, talking with T.J. a lot, talking to other guys. We're still still getting used to each other."

ACHES AND PAINS

Raptors swingman Morris Peterson was wearing a wrap around his left elbow after a loss against the Denver Nuggets Saturday. He has been experiencing soreness in the elbow for the past few days and played just 14 minutes without hitting a shot from the field Saturday.

It is unlikely, however, that the minor injury will end the reign of the current NBA ironman. Peterson is the current league leader in consecutive games played.

SHOOT AND SCORE

Fred Jones doesn't want to hear any excuses about the Raptors' inability to make shots.

Several Raptors, including Jones (.415 career shooter), aren't known as deadly shooters, but he believes all of them should be able to drain the open looks that have haunted the Raptors all season.

We're getting wide open looks," Jones said. "If we don't take those shots, you'll never get out of this slump. We've just got to knock them down, point blank period. We're grown men, we get a cheque every month, we've just got to make shots."

Since being placed in the starting lineup three games ago, Jones is 11-for-34 from the field.

"Hopefully this slump ends soon and I can get on with the rest of the season," Jones said. "I'd rather get it over with now than later. It's killing me right now."

BRIEFLY

In case you were curious, ex-Raptors bust Rafael Araujo has played in two games for the Utah Jazz, Toronto's opponent tonight, and has one point and nine minutes.


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