Bayless focuses on defence

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:31 AM ET

TORONTO - Three three-point attempts, three three-pointers.

Jerryd Bayless couldn't promise to do that every night, but really all he was doing was following his head coach's advice.

Jay Triano was asked if Bayless' eyes lit up when he told his newest guard to shoot every time the opportunity presented itself, advice of the like Bayless has not had since he was in college at Arizona.

"No, but I saw mine (light up) when I saw three go in," Triano said. "If you're not a threat to shoot, the other team is going to stop guarding you. Sometimes you have to take shots just to keep the defence honest."

Bayless wasn't that concerned about his offence. It was learning the Raptors defence that is posing the biggest challenge.

"They do things actually a lot different here than in my last two spots," Bayless said referring to Portland and New Orleans.

"Get the defensive calls down, that's what I need to do."

Knowing the defence he has installed in Toronto isn't like a lot that other NBA teams run, Triano isn't overly concerned.

"When you look at what we're doing this year, it's a little bit different than what other teams in the NBA do -- sitting in the box or going under screens," Triano said. "We're trying to create energy at the defensive end by getting out and denying and putting pressure on the ball. Some teams will sit boxes and elbows and let you pass the ball around the perimeter. We're not letting that happen this year. I think that is the difficult thing for a guy coming to a new team. That and where we are forcing."

REGGIE'S NO CHEATER

It may be Thanksgiving and the Raptors were going to share a team Thanksgiving meal at their Boston hotel last night, but it wasn't going to sway Reggie Evans.

Evans is on a diet and while he loves just about every food associated with Thanksgiving --turkey, ham, stuffing, candied yams, collard greens to name a few--he was vowing to stick to just the proteins.

"I have to watch my diet, I can't eat all that," Evans said. "I'll probably eat some ham or turkey but that's pretty good for me."

Asked if he might make an exception, it being Thanksgiving and all, Evans remained steadfast.

"Nope, can't," he said. "I have to treat my body right."

BANKS DONE?

Marcus Banks went to New

Orleans as one of three Raptors headed south in exchange for Bayless and Peja Stojakovic, but the early word is he won't be joining the team.

A report in the New Orleans Times-Picayune says the Hornets and Banks have agreed to "part ways." The confusing part in the report is that Banks won't be waived or bought out. He just won't show up.

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