Raps struggle at home

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

Home might be where the heart is, but when it comes to wins for the Raptors, they're not as plentiful.

Through six home games, the Raptors have walked off the court victorious just twice, against Golden State on Halloween and versus Miami 10 days ago.

With a home date tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats followed by the Atlanta Hawks' visit on Friday night, the Raptors will be looking for a modest win streak in front of their boisterous fans.

PLAYING WELL

"We've played well on the road and we've played well in spurts at home, but we just haven't put a whole game together," coach Sam Mitchell said.

"We haven't shot the ball like we are capable, we haven't clicked on all cylinders in a game yet.

"You keep feeling like at some point we're due to bust out of that."

Part of what has been hurting the Raptors is an apparent lack of a killer instinct. On more than a few occasions the Raptors have been in control, only to let their opponents off the mat.

If you're the Raptors and you're leading by double digits, it's still not safe to take a win for granted.

"To be a good team you have to protect your own court," guard Anthony Parker said. "I don't really know what the answer is."

Forward Jason Kapono won an NBA title with the Miami Heat in 2006, and with that championship knows it takes time for a team to learn to put its collective hands around an opponent's neck.

"It's experience, it's coming to practice every day and being focused to really lock in each game, every possession throughout the game," Kapono said.

"You get used to doing that game after game, it's a habit that is formed.

"You get that habit, you start to see it works and you win games."


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