Patience key for Il Mago

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:45 AM ET

To say Andrea Bargnani has the green light to shoot the basketball is to state the obvious.

What the Raptors don't want to see is for Bargnani to settle for perimeter jump shots.

And even though he struggled yesterday, at least Bargnani tried to create by using his dribble, ball fakes and his teammates.

His shot selection wasn't that bad, even though his stat line reads 6-of-21 shooting from the floor.

Bargnani began the game by making only one of nine shots, but a long two-pointer in the fourth quarter allowed the Raptors to take their biggest lead, 101-86. After his made shot, Bargnani turned and made a fist pump, a rare show emotion.

Earlier, Bargnani fell to floor after a hard foul by Damien Wilkins. After motioning to his head, Bargnani gathered himself, went to the line and buried both of his free throws.

Kudos to Carlos and Kris

Seattle head coach P.J. Carlesimo, one of the finest individuals associated with basketball, was very complementary of Raptors reserves Carlos Delfino and Kris Humphries.

"I thought Carlos and Kris Humphries really did a good job changing the tempo of the game,'' Carlesimo said. "They just came in and guarded us.

"They were just more aggressive, got rebounds, got loose balls. They kind of turned around the game a little bit. I thought we had a lot of trouble matching their aggression."

MARSHALL PLAN

Ex-Raptors forward Donyell Marshall never saw the floor in his return to Toronto as a member of the Sonics.

"Donyell said in the huddle that we shouldn't be losing when we are shooting 55 or 56%,'' rookie Kevin Durant said.

"We have to get stops on the other end and keep the ball in our possession and get a good shot every time down the court."


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