Raptors' Ed Davis up to coach's challenge

Ed Davis has done everything that's been asked of him in a starter's role with the Raptors. Coach...

Ed Davis has done everything that's been asked of him in a starter's role with the Raptors. Coach Dwane Casey, however, was displeased with Davis' play against OKC and told him so. (Reuters)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:45 AM ET

TORONTO - This is probably the wrong time for an Ed Davis coming into his own story, but we’re going to go ahead with it anyway.

It’s not that it’s no longer true. Anyone with a set of eyes can see how much more effective Davis has been this season as a whole and in particular the past dozen games as he has taken on Andrea Bargnani’s starting power forward role. Whether it's providing tough interior defence or an inside scoring threat, Davis has risen to the occasion.

But the reason the timing of this particular missive might be off just a little is that it comes right on the heels of a game that earned Davis a little sitdown with his head coach.

Davis, who is averaging 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds a night as a starter, was a little less aggressive on the offensive end in Sunday’s loss to Oklahoma City and a little less physical on the defensive end and that caught the eye of head coach Dwane Casey.


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