Asked when the see-saw Raptors would show more consistency, captain Chris Bosh pleaded for a bit more patience, especially with a coaching change earlier this month.
"We're still trying to create an identity ... get back to me in about two months," Bosh said with a smile.
He said the team's inability to finish off clubs is a prime example of how they must grow.
"We go into the fourth quarter holding teams to 38% (shooting). That means we're giving them one shot, but we keep giving them rebounds and second-chance points and that's how they get new life."
Coach Jay Triano thinks Bosh's two-month timetable isn't too far off.
"It's something that is being shaped right now," Triano said. "I can preach and talk all I want, but our results will determine what our identity is.
"I know what I want it to be. We need to be tougher and hopefully we get there, we need to be better defensively and we need to run a little bit more. It's something new we have to ingrain in these people."
But the coach said that the learning process didn't mean falling out of the NBA playoff race.
"I don't know if we were going to win games the other way (a more conservative game plan under former coach Sam Mitchell), so I only know one way to go."
PARKER'S DIMINISHED ROLE
One consequence of Triano's arrival is Jason Kapono starting at shooting guard and Anthony Parker playing, and contributing, less.
"I don't look at it as (Parker's) numbers being down since he shifted to the bench. I think they've been down since he missed a couple of games with the ankle injury." Triano said. "He is trying to come back and I don't know if he's 100%."