Raps' Evans won't back down from Stoudmire


, Last Updated: 7:04 PM ET

Reggie Evans gets the tough assignment right out of the box, but is Evans concerned?

In a word, No.

Sure Amare Stoudemire is a load to handle in the first game, but in Evans world, there are no easy nights.

If its not Stoudemire, its Chris Bosh, or its Carlos Boozer or Dirk Nowitzki. The list goes on.

Evans was asked if it was preferable to get Stoudemire early, when hes still meshing with his new teammates. He sounded insulted the question was even asked.

I really dont give a damn when I get him, Evans said. You cant run from nobody. This is the NBA. You cant run from me. I mean, my heart dont bleed Kool-Aid. I really dont care. You have to play Amare. You have to play Chris, You have to play (them all).

Evans knows exactly what hes up against Wednesday night and as athletic and quick as Stoudemire is, the next challenge will be equally taxing.

One thing about Amare, Evans said. If he misses 10 times, hes going to shoot an extra 10 times. Hes like a machine gun on automatic. Hes not going to stop.

Fortunately for the Raptors, Evans defensive motor is the same. There is no off switch.

Mike Ganter