Sticking with Kapono

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

For the time being, Raptors head coach Jay Triano is going to stay with what's working.

His starting lineup, that has Jason Kapono at shooting guard instead of Anthony Parker has -- with the exception of a loss at Oklahoma City -- given him good first quarters and he's not willing to mess with that. But that does not mean he's married to the idea.

Triano says he's equally comfortable with Parker or Kapono starting in that spot, and until he sees a good reason to change, he's not going to.

"(Parker) going to the bench happened only because of injury," Triano said. "I don't know that it has helped our team. He and Jason Kapono are very, very good basketball players and sometimes, I think, our best offensive team is when they are both on the floor at the same time ... I'm not afraid to do that at some points in the game."

Triano knows he doesn't have to worry about creating any dissent in the locker room no matter which player starts.

"Parker is a team guy and he will come off the bench if it will help us and he'll start if it will help us," Triano said. "Kapono is exactly the same, so, it's not even a debate if we are going to hurt someone's feelings."

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Chris Bosh knew he was pushing the borders of Triano's good nature when he hoisted up three three-pointers during the fourth quarter of Monday's win against the Clippers. Triano admitted that Bosh missing his third attempt by a huge margin probably was the best thing that could have happened from the coach's perspective.

But that doesn't mean there isn't a time for Bosh to let fly with the odd three.

"We actually have an end of game play that we will throw at some point where he is a three-point shooter," Triano said. "We think he can make it and teams may not think he can but (Monday) he got a little bit too comfortable."


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