The newest Raptor, shooting guard Juan Dixon, was unable to dress last night against the Indiana Pacers, despite arriving in Toronto yesterday in time for the morning shootaround.
Dixon was traded from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Raptors for Fred Jones on Thursday and passed his physical in Toronto yesterday, but was unable to play last night because the paperwork on Jones' physical in Portland had not been filed to the NBA prior to last night's game.
Dixon, 28, gives the Raptors a true combo guard, but it's uncertain how many minutes he'll get with the Raptors because Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell generally goes with a nine-man rotation.
Dixon told reporters Friday morning that he's looking forward helping the Raptors in the playoffs.
"I had some good games in the playoffs and I was able to play with some veteran guys in Washington," he said. "My rookie year (2002-03) I played with Michael Jordan and Jerry Stackhouse and a lot of other veterans, so I was able to learn the game a lot quicker than, say, rookies being on a younger team."
SAM WANTS REBOUNDS
Mitchell has been satisfied with his team's effort this season, with the exception of one area: Rebounding.
The Raptors are 30th in the NBA in rebounds per game (38.6), while giving up 42.5. Mitchell said rebounding is as much about heart as it is about size and technique.
"It's not necessarily teaching them (to rebound)," Mitchell said. "It's just making more of a concentrated effort."