Sam mum on trades

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

The NBA trade deadline arrives tomorrow at 3 p.m. and Sam Mitchell would prefer not to even talk about it.

"I don't even go there because if there is soemthing out there that can help us improve, then Bryan (Colangelo) is going to do that. That's his job," Mitchell said.

Pressed further about whether he'd like to see changes made even at the risk of destroying team chemistry, Mitchell replied, "Remember we're 29-24. It's not like we're 40-8 or whatever Dallas is. We are 29-24 so you have to remember that and always remember that you can improve."

Mitchell summed up his thoughts on the deadline saying, "If Bryan doesn't make a move it will be because there's nothing out there to improve us."

VALUE EVERY POSSESSION

Mitchell said yesterday that a big part of improving on what the Raptors already have done will ultimately come down to improved mental play as opposed to any improved effort or anyhing more they can do physically.

"You don't necessarily play harder," Mitchell said. "You just cut down on mistakes. You try to cut down on mental mistakes. You try to cut down on blown assignments, turnovers, things like that. I would hate to say they are going to play harder. You just play more focussed. You may not try as many things. You try to make sure every possession is valued. That's what I talked to our guys about. Making sure we minimize our mistakes."

Anthony Parker said the improvement is going to have to come on the defensive end.

"Lately, we've been scoring the ball real well and shooting the ball well," Parker said. "Obviously that's not going to happen every night. Defensively we have to step it up and get those defensive rebounds at the end of possessions. When we do those things, we are a pretty good ball team."

FORD IS FASTEST

In a poll conducted by SI.com and released yesterday, out of 271 NBA players polled, 25% listed Raptors guard T.J. Ford as the fastest player in the league. A distant second with 18% of the vote was the Denver Nuggets' Allen Iverson.

C'mon Sam, play along

"One, starting with tomorrow."

-- Mitchell when asked how many wins he would like to see from his Raptors in the final 29 games.


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