Flu bugs Raps

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

Three weeks ago, the Orlando Magic rolled into Toronto down three starters and still left town a winner.

When they meet up again today, it may be the Raptors crying the manpower blues.

Already down a man with Reggie Evans still out with a midfoot sprain, the Raptors were down three more bodies for practice yesterday.

Antoine Wright, who missed the past two games with a sore left ankle didn't even make it to the gym when he woke up with flu-like symptoms and was told to stay home.

Ditto for Andrea Bargnani, who was complaining of a cough and made the same call early yesterday that Wright did.

Head coach Jay Triano won't know until just before game time whether either can go today, but he's pretty sure he won't have the services of Marco Belinelli who strained his groin.

On track

The 6-7 record the Raptors take into today's game may not be what Bryan Colangelo had hoped for, but the man who overhauled the roster is far from discouraged at this point of the season.

"We've got talent and they've played really solid basketball at times and there's some good signs," Colangelo said recently. "But winning basketball teams do it consistently. That's what we're aiming for right now.

"Nobody's happy with where we are record-wise, but it's not altogether unexpected given some of the hurdles we've had to jump over early in the season, whether it was some of the injuries we've been dealing with, or the schedule.

"Offensively, we've rated very good and defensively we've rated very poorly. There have been portions of games where we've played very good defence and it's evident that we have the ability to play solid defence but it's just not happening consistently enough.

MIKE.GANTER@SUNMEDIA.CA


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