Consistency needed

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell likes much about his team this season, but what he has not been thrilled with has been the consistency he has seen from a team as a whole.

"Our defence some nights hasn't been that good, other nights we haven't shot the ball well," Mitchell said. "We're just trying to get the team as a group to play offence and defence on the same night. One night it has been one thing and another night another. We've played hard but that's a given. You're supposed to do that."

RAPTORS GET RESPECT

There will be five Raptors on the NBA all-star ballot for the first time in time history this year.

On two previous occasions, four Raptors appeared on the ballot, both 2002 and 2005.

This year the five are lead by Chris Bosh, on for his second time after starting last year. T.J. Ford will be making his third appearance on the ballot but still looking for that first all-star appearance. Andrea Bargnani experienced all-star week last year as a participant in the rookie/sophomore challenge along with Jorge Garbajosa is on for the first time as is Anthony Parker.

Jason Kapono is on the ballot for the second time in his five-year career and is the reigning three-point shootout champion.

Balloting for the Feb. 17 game in New Orleans begins today. Fans can vote on NBA.com, via wireless ballots or at NBA arenas.

READ WITH THE RAPS

The Raptors Read to Achieve program tips off today at Much Music with Raptors Chris Bosh, T.J. Ford and Joey Graham making an appearance at 2 p.m. That trio of Raptors will stick around for the live 5 p.m. taping of Much on Demand as well.


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