By: David Alter
While there is no doubt that the presence and play of Shawn Marion saw the Raptors play one of their best running games of the season, the improved health of Chris Bosh and Jose Calderon has been a contributing factor.
With Calderon dealing with hamstring issues and more recently Bosh’s return from a knee injury, Head Coach Jay Triano has to factor the juggling act with minutes played as the season winds down.
“It’s a fine line between managing minutes and pushing the envelope as far as trying to challenge them and trying to get them into better shape and get them used to the style we are playing” says Triano. “I think their have been a couple of game where in the first 10 minutes we look great and then the fatigue factor sets in. I don’t know if we know how to fight through that.”
Marion added the speed and proper mix to a team that has been struggling on the fast break all year.
And while also providing the help on the offensive rebounds, Marion says it was the collective effort of his team that produced one of the Raptors more complete games of the season.
“It’s a little bit of everybody” says Marion. “Not just me alone but collectively as a team, I think everybody pitched in very well yesterday, We all came together, buckled down and got it done.”
It’s efforts like the one against New York on Sunday that Triano has been preaching all season, whether or not they can keep it up down the final 24 games will a battle of consistency, one the Raptors have been fighting all year.