Drive it, you Raptors

FRANK ZICARELLI

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

The jump-shot happy, perimeter-prone Raptors have a tendency of not attacking the basket, drawing fouls and getting to the free throw line.

About the only player who draws fouls on a consistent basis and makes trips to the charity stripe is Chris Bosh.

During Friday's loss in Cleveland, Bosh was the only player to get to the foul line.

Jose Calderon took a free throw, but it came as a result of an illegal defence to the Cavs.

"We got to attack the basket a little bit more,'' Jamario Moon said in a mild understatement.

"The way our offence is, we tend to get a lot of open looks," Moon said.

While it's true the Raptors like to move the ball from side to side and make that extra pass, their inability to get to the foul line has been a season-long concern.

GO EAST YOUNG MAN

When Bosh glances at the daily standings, he sees the Raptors sitting in sixth place.

At the same time, Bosh knows it could be worse. He's not playing in the West.

"We've slipped up, but we're right in the mix,'' Bosh said. "We're lucky because if you go into a slump in the West, you can go from first to 10th."

Without Bosh, the Raptors went 2-8.

The one saving grace for the Raptors is their favourable schedule. Of the team's final nine games, only one -- an April 13 tip in Detroit -- features a foe with a winning record.

QUOTE, UNQUOTE

When asked about the state of his groin injury, Primoz Brezec had the following observation: "The groin is a gangster."

Makes you wonder how Brezec and Charles Oakley would get along had the two played together.


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