Refs not kind to Raptors

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:18 PM ET

Jay Triano is usually a pretty cool operator. But during Sunday’s loss against the Boston Celtics, the Raptors head coach looked a lot like Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

(You youngin’s will have to look that one up).

Toronto’s 93-79 loss to the Celtics certainly was one of the more frustrating games for Triano, from an officials perspective.

Pretty well the entire game Triano paced up and down the floor, barking at the officials and making his frustrations known over some of the calls levelled against his players and, even more so, calls NOT made against the Celtics, a squad laced with veteran star players. The old NBA “Reputation deal” really got to the normally mild mannered Triano.

When an NBA coach is asked about officiating, he generally elects not to comment. But after Sunday’s game, Triano couldn’t help himself, his frustration level so high.

“There’s another locker room down there. Ask somebody down there. And I’m not talking about the Celtics (room),” said Triano, when asked how young players go about getting the same respect from the refs that the older, star players get, like the star players on the Celtics roster, such as Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Shaquille O’Neal.

“I wish our guys got rewarded a little bit more for the work and the effort that they do,” he added. “And I think they would have got rewarded had they made more shots.”

True enough. You probably aren’t going to get a lot of calls in the NBA if you’re a young team shooting 38%, as the Raptors did Sunday night.

There were a couple of times when Triano seemed to be on the verge of losing it, but managed to keep it together, though he did prompt a smile from Allen, who was waiting to come on to the court, when he used a rather naughty word at one point.

Young guy does good

Triano said before the game that, if there is a positive side to being snake bit with injuries, it gives some of the young players a chance for big minutes and a chance to step up.

Joey Dorsey has certainly fit that bill.

Starting his fourth straight game for the injured Andrea Bargnani, the third-year NBAer set career highs in minutes (37), points (13) and tied a career high in rebounds (13), while doing a impressive job in guarding the 7-1, 325-pound Shaq. He also had two steals and seven offensive boards. It’s a good thing that Dorsey, who goes

6-foot-8, 268, is built like an NFL linebacker. Shaq managed seven points and six boards, and picked up four fouls, in 24 minutes.

“Three minutes into the first quarter I was tired,” said Dorsey, with a laugh, when asked about guarding the man-mountain Shaq.

Still, it certainly wasn’t a one-side battle. Dorsey gave it as good as he got, against Shaq and the Big Baby, the 289-pound Glen Davis. With just over a minute left in the game, Dorsey sent Davis and Celtics guard Rajon Rondo crashing to the court with a hard foul.

“It feels good,” said Dorsey, when asked about getting some major minutes. “I know Andrea’s ready to come back, so I have to keep on trying to produce. Every time they put me on the floor I’m going to try to showcase what I can do.”

The one part of Dorsey’s game that let him down was his free-throw shooting, as he went 3-for-8 from the line.

Wild and wacky stuff

In the first quarter, the Raptors P.A. guy announced Canada’s 4-1 win over the pesky Swiss at the world juniors, and the ACC crowd reacted with an approving roar. Actually, is it the plucky Swiss, or pesky Swiss? It’s the plucky Swiss. It’s the pesky Finns ... The Raptors and Celtics both scored 19 points in the second quarter — marking the first time in 13 games that the Raptors were not out-scored in that frame.

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