Get down and Boogie

FRANK ZICARELLI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

It was Boogie night at the Air Canada Centre last night.

Alvin (Boogie) Williams, who embodied professionalism and courage during his playing days, attended the meaningless Raptors-Wizards tip and was given a sincere and heartfelt standing ovation by the faithful.

Williams was a catalyst on the 2001 Raptors team that produced the franchise's one and only playoff series win, a five-game thriller against the New York Knicks. Williams played hard each night and left everything out on the floor.

It's too bad his work ethic didn't rub off on the Raptors and Wizards, who spent most of the night basically going through the motions.

The game's tenor was established in the opening minute when Andrea Bargnani heaved two shots well beyond the three-point arc. Each was early in the shot clock and neither was necessary.

Pointed criticism

The need for a third scoring option must somehow be addressed.

Not since a 20-point blowout loss in Phoenix back on Feb. 27 has a player not named Chris Bosh or Bargnani led the team in scoring.

Against the Suns in Toronto's 133-113 loss that day, ex-Sun small forward Shawn Marion led the Raptors with 27 points.

In the 19 subsequent games, either Bosh or Bargnani have paced the Raptors.

Coaching carousel

Both Jay Triano and Ed Tapscott have been coaching their respective teams with the interim tag.

While nothing is official, there's a good chance Triano will have the label removed for next season.

Tapscott's future doesn't appear to be as head coach of the Wizards.

Word in the NBA is that one-time Raptors coach Sam Mitchell is a strong candidate for the Washington gig.


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