Jay stays with starters

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 7:43 AM ET

As much as he was tempted to fiddle with his starting lineup following a loss to Oklahoma City, Raptors head coach Jay Triano opted to stay the course.

No one would have blamed Triano if he had subbed out his entire starting five last night, but Triano thought it over and felt it best to leave things alone.

"It was a couple of things," Triano said. "Do we need to shake things up? Four of the last five games we have got off to a good start.

"Also, who is coming off the bench for them? With (Manu) Ginobili coming off the bench, I mean Anthony Parker may be a starter but we need him to guard Ginobili."

Jermaine O'Neal played despite a sore left shoulder.

ONE AWFUL SHOOTING NIGHT

Even playing at their very best, the Raps are a team that must shoot well. Friday in Oklahoma City, the Thunder and to a large degree the Raptors themselves made sure that wouldn't happen.

"They didn't give us too many open looks but we still have to make shots and do a better job of getting guys open," Triano said.

Prior to last night's game, Triano was stressing the need for the Raptors to do the little things to make sure they got the open looks. "Set better screens, make harder cuts and that's how you're going to get a little bit more time on your shot."

PRAISE FOR BOSH

Triano wasn't any less pleased with the loss to the Thunder than anyone else but he did see one good sign.

"I loved the intensity Chris Bosh played with last night," Triano said. "I thought he showed a lot of character.

"Things haven't been going well for him but in the second half he stood up and he challenged his teammates and he challenged himself and I thought that's the best we've seen him play in a long time."


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