Dixon will have to be patient

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 10:55 AM ET

Juan Dixon finally got into a Raptors uniform, but he's probably going to have to wait a little while longer to see any action.

He was officially activated yesterday with guard Darrick Martin going on the inactive list to make room.

Martin going inactive is a bit of a surprise given that has normally been Uros Slokar's role, but with both Jose Calderon and T.J. Ford healthy and playing well, Martin wasn't seeing a lot of minutes anyway.

Head coach Sam Mitchell said the timing of the trade -- the Raptors in the middle of back-to-back games -- means he has had no time to consider how Dixon fits into the team's rotation. The Raps have an off-day today before Monday's game in San Antonio, but had not determined whether they would practise or take a day off.

"Right now my concentration is on the guys who have been in the rotation," Mitchell said. "Obviously if someone gets hurt or someone gets in foul trouble we'll use (Dixon), but right now we just haven't had time."

tough as it will get?

A three-game trip only gets tougher from here on out.

The Charlotte Bobcats, winners of four in a row coming into last night's game with Toronto, represent the only light touch on the trip.

From here, the Raptors head south for a date with the 37-18 San Antonio Spurs. Then it's back to Houston for a game with the 34-20 Houston Rockets. The Raps have an off day in between all three games, but the level of competition ensures it's not going to be easy.

Once this trip is over the Raps have only one more trip as long as three games remaining, that one coming in April when they face Miami, Orlando and Philadelphia from April 3-6.

The schedule is very much in the Raptors' favour over the final nine weeks of the season.

The Raps have only six games left versus Western Conference teams and play just five more back-to-back series.

Getting through this trip could be the toughest portion of the schedule remaining.


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