Four Raptors did not practise full-out with the team yesterday back at the Air Canada Centre, including starters Chris Bosh (strained left hamstring) and Hedo Turkoglu (fatigue).
Also hurting were swingman Antoine Wright (sore right knee) and guard Sonny Weems (sore left knee) -- both the result of a slip in practice.
The Raptors open the pre-season schedule with a game at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ont., against the Philadelphia 76ers tomorrow night. It marks the second time the two teams have met at the venue and the second time that the Raptors will be designated the visiting team for a game played in Canada. The Sixers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, manages the John Labatt Centre.
Last month, the Maple Leafs played the Flyers in London, with the same deal. It's unlikely that either Bosh or Turkoglu will play.
"I don't think as a head coach you ever feel you're on schedule," Jay Triano said, when asked about where his team is at this point. "I like some of things we're doing and I feel pretty comfortable. And then I look at the list of things that we have to put in before our game, and I panic a bit. There's still some work to do. But that's why we didn't rush through things."
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Triano has been pleased with the aggressiveness shown by Andrea Bargnani.
"He's been more of a physical presence," Triano said. "(There were) a couple of times in camp when he got the ball in the post, turned and just went right to the basket. In the past, he would look to put it on the floor and settle for a shot."