In the end, lesson learned

MIKE GANTER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:58 AM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- The final six seconds of a crushing loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday was all anyone outside the Raptors locker room wanted to talk about yesterday.

Inside the locker room, those six seconds were conspicuously avoided.

Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell and his staff broke down the 97-96 heartbreaker to a nine-minute mini-feature, mostly focusing on Raptors' mental miscues.

RIGHT, WRONG

"We didn't show the last six seconds of the game," Mitchell said. "We didn't talk about it. We showed what we did right and we showed what we did wrong.

"We do that to drill into them to keep doing the things they are supposed to be doing. You learn by watching your mistakes."

Mitchell said he was more concerned with the effects of playing twice in 24 hours than those of the loss.

"You worry about fatigue. You worry about (the bounce- back effect), but part of this team growing is that you have to figure out how to put a game like (the one Sunday) behind you," Mitchell said.

In that respect, yesterday was another step in the right direction.


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