Moon reclaims role

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

Jamario Moon was back in his familiar starting spot at small forward last night after a strong game against Indiana on Wednesday.

Andrea Bargnani -- following a 12-game stint as a starter -- played his second game in a row coming off the bench.

But Moon said starting really is not an issue for him.

"I just need minutes," he said.

Moon says he has come off the bench enough in his career that if it came down to choosing between starting or getting somewhere in the vicinity of 20 minutes a night, he would easily take the minutes over the starting job.

Head coach Jay Triano said the decision to move Moon back into the starting rotation had as much to do with the toe injury that has sidelined Kris Humphries.

"Really it's out of necessity more than anything else," Triano said. "With Kris out I've really only got three bigs and while I'd like to be able to play all three at the same time, it doesn't make much sense to start the game that way."

STARTING ROLE UP FOR GRABS

Anthony Parker and Humphries were on the court testing out their respective injuries during last night's pre-game in New Jersey. Parker said he would give it one more day and try to come back tomorrow against New Orleans. Humphries also is day-to-day.

Last night, Jason Kapono started at shooting guard and it's a move that could become permanent even when Parker makes his return to the Raptors lineup.

"We're thinking about it right now," Triano said of staying with Kapono as the starting two guard.

"We tossed it around this morning and didn't really come up with a decision because we're not sure where Parker's at. It's not (a decision) we will make until we know his health status."


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