Triano keeping rotation close to vest

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

Raptors coach Jay Triano may not have had his complete arsenal at his disposal yet this pre-season, but that hasn't stopped him from going ahead and making some key decisions with regard to his rotation.

"I'm pretty much set," Triano said after practice yesterday.

"You guys only get to see the pre-season games, but I get to see these guys every day in practice.

"And guys have played themselves in and out of positions.

"I feel pretty comfortable where we are rotation-wise."

While calling an eight-or nine-man rotation ideal, Triano isn't about to put a ceiling on the number of players he may call on regularly.

"It will change depending on fatigue, injury and foul trouble," Triano said.

"Eight, nine guys is an ideal rotation.

"But at the same time, our bench this year will be very powerful and there will be times I can go to the bench.

"I have been very pleased with Patrick (O'Bryant) and Amir (Johnson) in (the Washington game).

"I think they changed the whole dynamic of the game having two big guys out there that took away all sorts of layups."

Still short-handed

Small forward Antoine Wright will not make the trip to Hartford as he remains in Toronto to let a sore right knee heal.

Wright, who was acquired from Dallas, has yet to play.

Shooting guard Sonny Weems, who jammed his big toe in Sunday's win over Washington, will make the trip to Hartford but whether he plays or not will be a game time decision.

Butter them up

The Celtics could wind up playing a big role in how the Raptors season starts off.

The Celts open the season Oct. 27 in Cleveland against LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal and the rest of the Cavaliers.

The next night, the Cavs travel to Toronto for the Raptors season opener.

With Kevin Garnett back in top shape after missing a good chunk of last season, the Celtics rough-and-tumble defence, made even rougher with the addition of Rasheed Wallace, may just soften the Cavs up a little for the Raps the following night.


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