One of those nights

FRANK ZICARELLI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

Jose Calderon isn't sure why it happened, but he's sure of one thing -- it can't be repeated.

During Monday's 112-86 loss in Charlotte, the Raptors turned the ball over 24 times.

The starting unit, which includes Calderon, was guilty of 19 of the team's total.

"It just happened,'' Calderon said yesterday following practice. "If I knew the problem, for sure we wouldn't do it."

The starting backcourt of Calderon and Anthony Parker accounted for 10 turnovers, including Parker's team-high six miscues.

Parker had to play extended minutes at the point when Calderon picked up two early fouls and when Roko Ukic was ineffective bringing the ball up.

The Bobcats threw some half-court traps, but it wasn't anything the Raptors hadn't seen before.

Maybe it was just one of those nights when everything went wrong for the Raptors in a season that hasn't gone right.

Self-motivation

Shawn Marion doesn't need a coach to get into his ear or a teammate to offer any encouragement.

Marion gets his motivation from within. As bleak as things appear, Marion isn't going to throw in the towel.

"I have that fire in me to succeed,'' Marion said. "As a competitor going into games, it helps you get over the hump.

"You can't lose that. If you lose that, then you lose everything.

"There are things I can't control. I want to leave everything out on the floor and help this team win. That's what I can control."

Home at last

A five-game homestand means the Raptors won't be packing their bags until they head off for an April 1 tip in Orlando.


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