Kapono's stock goes up

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

East Rutherford -- The next day Jason Kapono goes though 24 hours being entirely serious will be the first.

Always looking for the next laugh, Kapono compared his rough start in last night's game -- he missed his first six shots -- to the way investors on the market are feeling these days.

Asked what he thought about the rough start to his evening, Kapono replied: "I thought about the stock market and the volatility.

"I figured that if the population can go through that then I could experience it too," he said straight-faced. "Trading day opened and I was down about 300 points and everyone thought about selling. B.C. (Bryan Colangelo) had to be thinking: 'You know what? I'm going to get out of this deal. But I finished up plus so it was a positive day.' " Kapono, perhaps as much as any player not named Joey Graham has flourished under Jay Triano's tutelege.

UNSELFISH

"It's great because these guys are very unselfish and everyone knows how to set screens and play," Kapono said of he Raptors free-flowing offence. "Playing with big guys and a point guard who are willling to find you and set screens and know when to cut and when to pass. It's a good flow and it's easy because teams can't really get set. They can't lock into our pick and roll game anymore because now we are using catch-and-shoot plays, down screens and different looks to keep defences on their toes."

Kapono wound up with 16 points last night, second on the team behind Bosh's 18.

Kapono's teammates are starting to notice a difference in the two-time defending NBA three-point shooter as well.

"A lot of guys have confidence now," Chris Bosh said. "I don't knkow where it's coming from but Joey Graham is playing a lot better, Andrea is playing a lot better and Jason Kapono -- I don't know how he keeps getting open, but he's getting open now."


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