Mitchell staying pat

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

NEWS AND NOTES FROM CANADA'S NBA TEAM

It worked against the Charlotte Bobcats so Raptors coach Sam Mitchell wasn't about to mess with it.

Still missing both Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani, the undermanned Raptors had their hands full last night and went with the exact starting lineup that took out the Bobcats.

Mitchell admitted the day after the win over Charlotte he had no idea what he was going to get from that group and came away thrilled with what he got.

On the plus side last night they got T.J. Ford back which, if nothing else, gave them another pair of fresh young legs to try to run Steve Nash as ragged as possible.

But Mitchell knew he was going to need an even stronger effort from his bench this time around if the Raps were going to stretch that four-game home winning streak to five.

Mitchell was asked if Kris Humphries had earned himself more minutes with his season-high 17 points on Monday. Mitchell allowed that Humphries had earned more for last night's game but was going to have to show him more of the same last night if he wanted the trend to continue.

CASHING IN ON FREEBIES

Nothing worse than being given a gift and not using it. In that regard, the Raptors have been gracious recipients for most of the year.

The Raptors rank second in free-throw shooting in the league shooting .839 coming into last night's game. Ford leads the team shooting .889 following by Bosh who is at .876.

All told the Raps have nine players shooting better than .800 from the free-throw line.

AROUND THE RIM

Forward Jamario Moon has recorded at least one blocked shot in each of his past 10 games coming into last night's game with Phoenix.


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