Roko gets his chance

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Having used Will Solomon a lot at point guard the past five games, including two starts with Jose Calderon hurt, coach Sam Mitchell hinted that he's going to try rookie Roko Ukic at the position for an undetermined block of games.

Solomon sat yesterday, while Ukic ended two games on the bench and had seven points, four assists and a couple of steals in 19 minutes of action. But Ukic, a harsh judge of himself, didn't try to sugarcoat his five turnovers.

"I'd say two were good plays by them, one was a bad call by the ref and two were my fault," Ukic said. "It's good to play more for sure, but I was in a bad place a couple of times. We had some chances and we almost came back in the second quarter (cutting a 16-point lead to four)."

Mitchell tried Calderon and Ukic on the floor together in the second half, sacrificing height, but giving the team a quicker look, as he did last year with Calderon and T.J. Ford. Ukic generated five points in 17 seconds in the fourth quarter on consecutive steals and a foul shot.

"They put me in for some energy and that's what I try to do," the young Croat said.

BUZZER BEATERS

The Raptors shot a season-high 91.9% from the line yesterday, while the bench contributed a season-best 44 points ...The last time the 6-7 Raptors were below .500 was April 5 of last season when they were 38-39. They were never two games under all through the regular season...Raptor captain Chris Bosh has been named national spokesperson for the Boys and Girls Club of Canada, donating $75,000 to the fund yesterday ... The NBA is keeping an eye on Boston's Kevin Garnett after several teams -- including the Raptors -- complained about his unsportsmanlike conduct. Garnett got in the face of Calderon earlier this month.


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