Primoz back in Carolina

FRANK ZICARELLI

, Last Updated: 8:08 AM ET

Primoz Brezec once called Charlotte his hoops home and the Slovenian still maintains a residence in the Queen City.

Tonight's game marks Brezec's return to Carolina as a Raptor, a moment that hasn't been lost on a player who doesn't lack confidence.

"I have great memories,'' Brezec said. "I like the city, I like the fans. I still have a house there."

Brezec pulls no punches when discussing his relationship with Bobcats head coach Sam Vincent, whom Brezec feels forced the Slovenian's departure following a Dec. 14 trade with Detroit.

What, if any, impact Brezec has on the court will be based on Sam Mitchell's rotation.

In Friday's loss to Indiana, Brezec was the only Raptor not to see the floor.

With one fewer big body available in the wake of Chris Bosh's knee injury, Brezec and Kris Humphries are the only bangers on the bench.

Fellow Slovenian Rasho Nesterovic will begin the game defending Charlotte centre Emeka Okafor.

DOCTOR'S ORDERS

In case the Raptors think the Bobcats are pushovers, they should think again.

At least that's the opinion of Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, whose team has been pushed to the limit by Charlotte this season.

"Their team plays hard every night," Rivers told reporters following Boston's 108-100 win over Charlotte on Friday.

"If ever they're healthy and right for a long period of time, with the way Sam has them playing, I think they have a chance to be a terrific basketball team."

BUZZER BEATER

Two-time NBA three-point king Jason Kapono has gone six games in a row without making a shot from beyond the arc.


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