Sam: Forget about it

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:01 AM ET

As bad as it was, and it was impossible to find a dissenting view at the Air Canada Centre last night, the Raptors' 112-85 loss in Milwaukee on Tuesday was history in head coach Sam Mitchell's books.

Mitchell said he had his say immediately following the game, and did not address the carnage again.

He even skipped the normal day-after edit of the previous game, choosing to show his team footage of the Orlando Magic instead.

"I told our players we have to let it go," Mitchell said prior to last night's tipoff with Orlando. "We have to come back and get locked in.

"As a team and individuals we just have to play better. We just had too many people not have good nights ... You just have to put it in the sea of forgetfulness and let it go."

That's completely in character for the Raptors coach, who prefers to start each day with a fresh slate.

"Some coaches wait until the next day to talk about it but I was always the type of player who was like: 'Just say what you have to say to me -- good, bad, or indifferent' -- so the next day we start over again. I didn't like coming in the next day walking on eggshells wondering if the coach was going to speak to me, was he going to be mad at me, was he still going to be upset. If you're upset, say it that night."

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That's two games in a row the Raptors offence has had trouble clicking and Mitchell says it all comes back to the screens his team has been setting. "We have to become better screeners. We didn't set good picks (Tuesday) so we didn't give ourselves a chance to get good looks. We are not a great one-on-one team. We do have guys who are good one-on-one, but as a group, we need to set good picks, make good passes and make hard cuts and execute. We didn't do that."


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