Who will Jay point to?

FRANK ZICARELLI AND TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

Raptors coach Jay Triano has to decide whether to turn to Will Solomon or Roko Ukic for tonight's rematch against the Boston Celtics in Beantown.

With incumbent point guard Jose Calderon unavailable, Triano has to pick a starter.

Solomon once again showed yesterday why he is better suited as a scorer as opposed to a distributor.

The rookie Ukic provided the Raptors with some much-needed energy when the team made a push in the fourth quarter. On the surface, it seems that Ukic would be better suited to start tonight, especially based on the way he ended yesterday's game.

The kid still made mistakes, but the Raptors offence had more flow than when Solomon had the ball in his hands.

RESPECT FOR GARNETT

One of the more intriguing subplots when the Raptors and Celtics meet is the battle between Toronto's Chris Bosh and Boston's Kevin Garnett. The forwards realize neither will have a free ride when they face one another. Bosh had 15 points yesterday, while Garnett countered with 10 on just 3-for-16 shooting. Garnett and Glen Davis led Boston with 11 rebounds each. That's how many Bosh had for the Raptors.

DEFENCE RESTS

A lot of what Triano is trying to instill with the Raptors, at least from a defensive perspective, is the philosophy being embraced by the Celtics, who deny the paint and funnel ball-handlers to the baseline.

Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau has received a lot of the acclaim. Thibodeau once was mentioned as a coaching candidate in Toronto and gets mentioned occasionally when NBA job openings surface.

Triano learned the no-paint philosophy when he served as an assistant under Kevin O'Neill. O'Neill and Thibodeau both worked for Jeff Van Gundy in New York.


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