Wright time limits Belinelli

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 3:06 AM ET

Marco Belinelli's eight minutes of playing time on Friday during the Raptors' loss to Minnesota in Sioux Falls, S.D., raised some eyebrows because of its brevity.

Head coach Jay Triano said it had as much to do with getting Antoine Wright playing time as anything else, but he didn't give Belinelli a complete pass either.

"Marco will be a factor but he wasn't playing well and the last game was a little tougher because we wanted to get Antoine as much run as we could -- find out where he was fitness-wise and that was the only game we would have a chance to do that."

Since an early dose of extended playing time in the pre-season, Belinelli's minutes have dwindled.

Raps shooting woes

As a team, the Raptors are struggling to the tune of a .244 success rate from three-point range this pre-season. It's not a number that provides a lot of confidence heading into the regular season.

"I think it's a lot of our guys trying to find rhythm right now and find where they are going to shoot," Triano said. "We've probably got a few guys shooting shots that they won't be taking during the regular season, but I don't want to take that away because guys spend the whole summer working on their game and pre-season is the time to show it. But now it's time to tighten the screws as far as who is allowed to take what shot."


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