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STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

Jason Kapono is arguably the best three-point shooter in the NBA, but you would never know that by the number of shots he is getting recently from beyond the arc.

In the Raptors last six games, Kapono has launched exactly one shot from three-point range. In Toronto's last 15 games, the Long Beach, Calif., native has attempted just seven threes.

But Kapono, who is the defending NBA three-point percentage king and defending all-star game three-point champion, is not overly frustrated with his lack of looks from beyond the arc. He said part of the reason he is not getting the looks is that teams are guarding him closely.

"Obviously as a shooter, you want to get up shots," the laid-back Californian said. "But you also have to understand, (when the other team is keying on you) you're creating space for other guys to play.

"So even if you're not getting the shot, it's the threat of the shot that allows guys on your team to have room to make plays," he added. "If I'm not able to get another shot because the (other team) doesn't want to leave me from 23-feet and (instead) give up a six-footer, then, hey, it's a good thing for us."

Kapono, who is shooting 51% from beyond the arc this season (49-for-96) will defend his three-point title at the all-star game, Feb.15-17 in New Orleans.

SUPPORTING THE TROOPS

The Raptors, Maple Leafs and Marlies will host more than 500 Canadian Forces personnel from CFB Borden, 8 Wing Trenton, HMCS York and Land Force Central Area, at one of the three games this weekend at the ACC and Ricoh Coliseum. Fans at tonight's Raptors game are encouraged to sign a special banner located at Gate 1 at the ACC, which will be sent to the Canadian troops in Afghanistan.


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