Triano calls for sharing

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

All of a sudden, offence has become a concern for Raptors head coach Jay Triano.

Not that he has been happy with his offence every night since taking over. It's just that he hasn't seen it go as flat as it did Saturday night in Memphis.

"I didn't have a problem with the shots we did take but I'd like to see a little bit more happen before they shoot," Triano said. "We got a little bit -- I don't want to say selfish because it wasn't selfish -- but we didn't share the ball as much as we needed to."

Anthony Parker, who was one of those shooters who struggled Saturday, said it was what wasn't happening before the shots that killed the Raps.

"It's not just about the shot but the little things leading up to the shot," Parker said. "You know, trying to move the ball and get everybody involved. Make good passes, hard cuts, hard screens. Those are the things that makes the difference in a guy catching it in a rhythm and getting a comfortable shot or a contested shot."

Parker said it would be a mistake to discount the impact Chris Bosh's absence has on the lineup as well. "CB creates a lot of opportunities for guys," Parker said.

THE OPTIMISTIC VIEW

You don't have to quote the number of teams between the Raptors and the eighth and final playoff spot to Triano. He is well aware of them but chooses to look at them his own way.

"Honestly, I don't look at the negative in terms of how many teams are between us and the last playoff spot," he said. "As poorly as we have played, we have a chance. The schedule is in our favour. We want to finish strongly before the break and come back to that favourable schedule. We have a lot of home games, a lot more time to practice, hopefully healthy bodies. If we can win four or five games in a row we will be right back in the picture."


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