Heat hit rock bottom

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:39 AM ET

Raptor fans furious over a three-game losing streak that ended Wednesday in Miami should be thanking their lucky stars for the insignificant problems their team has in comparison to the Heat.

Pat Riley, having digested yet another lacklustre effort by his squad Wednesday against the Raps, was threatening wholesale changes after the game.

"I have to ferret out the guys that really don't care," Riley said after the 108-83 loss. "I have to ferret them out of here, put them on the bench and bring in a bunch of young guys. I think that is where we are heading."

Riley is convinced a good portion of his starting five has been mailing in it for some time and says he's ready to take action.

"I'm the one responsible for it, so i can't allow it to continue. I just have to get guys out there who might not be as good as the other guys talent wise, but at least they are going to make an effort."

AROUND THE RIM

Coming up huge in Bosh's absence but probably not getting the proper credit because a lot of his production has come in losses, has been shooting guard Anthony Parker. While most of his teammates' production without Bosh has lagged, Parker has picked up some of the slack. In the four games (we'll include the Indiana game since Bosh played less than a quarter) Bosh has missed, Parker is averaging 20 points a night ... With the Raptors not getting back until dinner time last night, Andrea Bargnani will not be re-examined until today. He is likely looking at some time in a dentist's chair after two teeth were loosened thanks to a vicious Alexander Johnson elbow.


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