Bosh not the only injured Raptor

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:07 PM ET

Hedo Turkoglu wasn’t the only Raptor playing with something other than basketball on his mind on Wednesday.

A subdued Jarrett Jack revealed following practice Thursday that he too is dealing with some off-court issues.

Like Turkoglu, who flew back to Turkey over the all-star break to attend to a family situation but preferred to keep his off-court business private, Jack too remained vague about the nature of his issue.

“It’s not so much basketball,” Jack said. “It’s a couple of personal things or whatever.”

Jack’s statistical line against the Memphis Grizzlies — 18 minutes, 1-for-3 shooting, three points, two assists — was nowhere near what he has produced for much of the season but he believed that had as much to do with the nature of Wednesday night’s game as his own play or his off-court situation.

Jack took exception when it was suggested he got off to a slow start on Thursday.

“I personally didn’t have a slow start,” he said. “I think moreso, it’s kind of tough when you’re playing under the net and I think that’s what happened with us in the first and third quarters.

They were able to score a lot of easy buckets inside which affected our transition offence which didn’t allow us to play at the speed we like to play.”

Turkoglu admitted after the game on Thursday that his “mind was still kind of back home” dealing with his family situation in Turkey.

No thanks boss

While president and general manager Bryan Colangelo worked the phones early Thursday morning of the NBA trade deadline, head coach Jay Triano was downstairs in the practice gym hoping it didn’t lead to anything.

“Bryan has been working and trying to make deals and come up with things that will make us better, but bottom line we all have agreed in the locker-room that this is who we like, we think we have figured out how to play together better ... and we don’t mind where we are,” Triano said.

Hoping for disaster

The Cleveland deal that netted them Antawn Jamison obviously makes the Cavs a stronger team, but it was one that caught Triano off guard just a little.

“That one surprised me a little bit,” he said of the three-team deal involving Cleveland, the Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers. “I thought (Jamison) might be the piece that stayed in Washington because of how much of a professional he is, how good he is.”

Obviously it makes the Cavs a better team, but Triano wasn’t willing to concede them the East just yet.

“Hopefully, chemistry causes issues there,” he said. “It’s tough to find all those guys touches and minutes but obviously he’s a very skilled player.”


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