Much has been made of the Raptors new-found toughness -- think Jermaine O'Neal staring down Kendrick Perkins -- but Sam Mitchell is having none of it.
"We want to be tougher from the standpoint of playing tougher defence, but I don't get into that toughness thing," Mitchell said. "The NBA has rules and no one is going to let you physically beat anyone up, and you can't get into a guys face and trash talk or wave your finger in a guy's face," he added, clearly taking a shot at the crew that officiated the game in Boston on Monday and let Kevin Garnett do just that without being penalized.
"For me that stuff doesn't mean anything," Mitchell said. "For me toughness is executing. Going to set picks when you are supposed to set picks. Make hard cuts. Run the floor. Those types of things. Being mentally tough for me is when the game comes to a grind, being able to execute. That other stuff is more for the cameras. You really want to find out who is tough? Meet me behind the arena or in a back alley where it's just you and I. Then you find out who is tough and who is fake tough because the camera is on."
SAINT NOT MARCHING
It doesn't look like the local Eastern Commerce crowd is going to get a look at alumnus Jamaal Magloire in his new Miami Heat uniform Sunday.
But there is finally some good news on his recovery from a broken left hand sustained in the pre-season: Magloire took part in shooting drills yesterday.
Head coach Eric Spoelstra was impressed with Magloire's new found attention to fitness, pointing out that he was down to 9% body fat from 13% and had shed 17 pounds during his rehab.