Raptors wary of Bobcats

Jay Triano believes the Bobcats' athleticism is its biggest asset. (QMI Agency/Jack Boland)

Jay Triano believes the Bobcats' athleticism is its biggest asset. (QMI Agency/Jack Boland)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:43 PM ET

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Though the Charlotte Bobcats' 8-14 record is just as bad as Toronto's 9-15, mark, Raptors head coach Jay Triano sees Tuesday's opponent as an extremely difficult matchup.

Charlotte got by Toronto 101-96 last month at the ACC when Stephen Jackson stole the ball from Andrea Bargnani with the game on the line.

Triano believes Charlotte's athleticism -- particularly that of Jackson, all-star Gerald Wallace and Tyrus Thomas, who Triano said "looked like an all-star the last time he played us" -- is its biggest asset.

"For us, it's a tough game because our two wings are playing against two very experienced guys.

"They are long and athletic, haven't been playing well and are looking to break out," Triano said.

There's also Charlotte's knack for getting to the free throw line.

Jackson gets there 3.4 times a game, while Wallace practically lives at the stripe, averaging 6.7 trips a night.

Triano isn't sure they all are deserved.

"(Wallace is) one of those players where you touch him he flails," Triano said.

"If you get physical with him, you foul out because he gets a lot of calls. He'll start a drive to the basket and flop all over the place, then you're in trouble.

"First you've got to catch him, then when you do, he'll flop."

At halftime, Bobcats owner Michael Jordan will be inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

Raptors rookie Ed Davis followed in Jordan's footsteps by attending the University of North Carolina.

Davis spoke at shootaround Tuesday morning about Jordan's influence on UNC athletes and far beyond.

"He's just meant so much to the game of basketball, with the Swoosh around everywhere, with the shoes and all that stuff," Davis said.

"When you think of Carolina, you think of Mike. So it's just an honour to be here and talk to him just to be near his presence."

Davis, who said he met Jordan on campus a couple of times, added that the game itself -- his first trip back to the state -- doesn't hold any extra importance.

"It's not special to me," Davis said with a shrug.

"It's close to the school I went to, it's close to home, but I just want to win, that's it."


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