Triano cracks whip

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:30 AM ET

The kid gloves came off at Raptors practice yesterday.

Having watched his team produce an energy-deprived performance in a loss on Friday to Milwaukee and then an only slightly more energized show Sunday in another loss to Orlando, Raptors head coach Jay Triano said he felt it was time to change things up in practice.

"We haven't had practices the way I wanted to because of injuries, because guys needed a rest," Triano said. "We had a really good practice today. I said to heck with who is tired. We need to bust through this. We need to have an energy practice because we don't practise energy. So I'm going to take responsibility if they didn't have the energy they needed. We'll find out."

While practice is not open to the media, those present said there was much more contact, much more physicality than in recent practices.

While his team's effort has been brought into question over these past two games, Triano said he doesn't believe it's a question of not getting the effort.

"Watching the tape (of Sunday's loss) we didn't play the way we wanted to. But energy? I'm not going to blame that on them," Triano said. "They want it. They care. In the locker room they are despondent. It's not like they're in there laughing and joking and are OK with us getting beat. They want to win and I respect that. Now we have to find a way to turn that into positive energy."

A DAY OFF

Point guard Jose Calderon had the day off as he went to have a follow-up examination on his as-yet still not 100% strained hamstring. He arrived in street clothes just before the end of the practice.

"We're still working toward 100% health there," general manager Bryan Colangelo said.


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