No answer for zone

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

Much was made of the Raptors' inability to score against the New York Knicks zone defence in the third quarter of yesterday's 92-74 loss.

Head coach Sam Mitchell saw it as a single incident, not a continuing trend.

"Other than T.J. (Ford), someone has to penetrate the zone," he said. "Normally, a zone doesn't bother us. I normally don't mind when teams do that against us because when we move the basketball we shoot pretty well. The ball just wasn't moving today."

What the zone did do effectively however, was keep the ball out of Chris Bosh's hands, although Bosh didn't seem to think it was that big a deal.

He said the Knicks were paying much more attention to him in the second half, which he expected after scoring 15 points in the first half. In this situation, he would usually be kicking the ball out to his perimeter shooters, but with no one shooting the ball particularly well yesterday, he said that wouldn't have worked either.

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Mitchell said if there was a way, he would have had the Raptors back on the court to practise immediately following their loss to the Knicks. That's how angry he was.

Instead, Mitchell said he'll let his anger simmer until practice today when he plans to have the Raptors go hard.


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