Need to embrace 'team' to survive

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:30 AM ET

So why is so much emphasis being put on "team" this year?

The answer is because it's really the only option the Raptors have.

They don't have the individual talent other teams can bank on to get them through.

They don't have that one player who can single-handedly take over a game and mask any problems the unit might be having as a whole.

Chris Bosh is gone and has not been replaced by a player that can carry an entire organization on his shoulders.

Without that, the sum of all the parts have to come together and make up for that.

And right now, in the early stages of the season, team basketball is more important than it will ever be.

"We don't have that go-to guy yet," Triano said. "We will. We'll figure out who that guy is, but right now it's a bunch of different guys."

Triano, though, sees signs that the personnel he has can and will play the type of team basketball that their situation requires.

"I do," Triano said. "You can see guys like Reggie Evans who have accepted his role of being a rebounder. Other guys will be scorers and other guys will run the team."

Triano was also encouraged watching his point guards on Friday in a win over Cleveland. Both guards struggled with their shooting but their individual struggles didn't prevent them from carrying out their assignment.

"They made one field goal between them but I thought they did a great job defensively and controlled the tempo of the game," he said.

It's something Triano needs his whole team to be comfortable with.

"If everyone understands that and doesn't get caught up in their own individual stuff and makes the team the most important thing then you can start to build that team."


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