Sam preaches defence

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:07 AM ET

The shots have not been falling. The ball movement has stagnated and the defence has been inconsistent to say the least.

That, in a nutshell has been the Raptors story for the better part of the past five weeks.

So with only five games left to address all those deficiencies before the playoffs begin, head coach Sam Mitchell was asked which one facet needed fixing first.

Mitchell didn't hesitate.

"We gotta play better defence," Mitchell said. "It's as simple as that. We just haven't played (good defence) as a unit. We haven't got stops when we needed them.

"We're making a lot of mistakes. It's not everyone but we'll have one guy have a mental lapse here, another guy have one there ... It's not lack of effort, we're just having breakdowns. You can't have that. Defence you have to do as a unit."

CALDERON CAN SELL TOO

Raptors point guard Jose Calderon presented Right to Play, an athlete-driven international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play as a tool for the development of children and youth in the most disadvantaged areas of the world, with a cheque for just over $14,000 last night.

Calderon, a Right to Play Athlete Ambassador, raised the funds through sales of his own personally designed Right to Play T-shirt. During the 2007 off-season, Calderon sold 2,000 of his shirts in his native Spain.

Those same shirts are available at CentreSports, the official Raptors store at Air Canada Centre with $10 from every sale donated to Right to Play.


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