Hook comes out early

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:43 AM ET

With the Raptors schedule getting a little more hectic, head coach Sam Mitchell plans to use his bench more to summon energy.

That said, there were some extenuating circumstances for last night's decision to tap into the team's reserves.

The Raptors began by playing defence as an afterthought, yielding way too many open looks as Mitchell had the look of a frustrated coach each time an Indiana shot would find the net.

Jamario Moon was given the hook for Carlos Delfino. Kris Humphries was then inserted to provide some kind of rebounding presence, followed by Rasho Nesterovic.

In total, 10 players saw the floor for the Raptors in the ugliest 12 minutes one will see.

FEELING A DRAFT

Primoz Brezec made his return to Indiana last night.

The Slovenian big man was a first-round draft pick (27th overall) by the Pacers in 2000, considered one of the weakest drafts in recent NBA history.

The first overall pick that year was Kenyon Martin, who has had marginal success, but whose fragile body and poor attitude have overshadowed any on-court achievement.

In retrospect, the best player taken in 2000 was Michael Redd, an all-star for the Milwaukee Bucks who wasn't taken until in the second round (43rd overall).

HOUSE OF HORRORS

The Conseco Fieldhouse in hoops-crazed Indiana has been silent on most nights as the hometown Pacers continue to their free-fall.

The Pacers are dead last in NBA attendance this season as fans react to the team's poor record and various off-court embarrassments and run-ins with the law. Some figure local high school hoops create more of a buzz than the pros these day.

The Fieldhouse will play host to the Big 10 tournament.


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