The Raptors’ 0-4 start is the worst in the 11-year history of the franchise, and coach Sam Mitchell is thinking about altering his rotation to get in the win column.
“John Wooden said the best teacher is the bench,” Mitchell said after Monday’s 105-93 loss to Cleveland.
“If I go that route, and I haven’t decided, it won’t be because I’m angry. It will be that we have to grab some people’s attention. The only way to get people’s attention is with playing time.”
Chris Bosh, who leads the Raptors in minutes, had 26 points and 12 rebounds against the Cavaliers, but the rest of the offense struggled.
Toronto is averaging 91.3 points per game, and has made just 5-of-24 3-pointers over the last two games. Making matters worse, the Raptors are allowing 105.8 points per game, and have been outrebounded 104-65 in the last two contests.
“We know we’re not the biggest team in the league,” Bosh said. “But sometimes we just have to be quicker than people.”
The Jazz lead the NBA with 243 total rebounds, but are coming off their worst performance of the season in a 91-83 loss to New Jersey on Wednesday.
Mehmet Okur, averaging 23.5 points and 10.3 rebounds through Utah’s first four games, managed just two points in 15 minutes against the Nets, and did not grab a single rebound.
The Jazz shot 37.8 percent as Andrei Kirilenko scored a team-high 18 points on 6-of-17 shooting.
“We forgot about our execution and our scoring inside,” Kirilenko said. “We just started firing up from outside. That killed us.”
Utah turned the ball over a season-low 11 times, but has committed a league-high 92 turnovers through five games.
The Jazz have lost three straight to Toronto.
STANDINGS (through Nov. 10): Jazz - 1st place (tied), Northwest Division. Raptors - 4th place (tied), 2 1/2 GB, Atlantic Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Jazz - Okur, 19.2 ppg; Kirilenko, 9 rpg and 4.2 apg. Raptors - Bosh, 17.3 ppg and 10 rpg; Jose Calderon, 6.8 apg.
2004-05 SEASON SERIES: Raptors, 2-0.
LAST MEETING: Dec. 22, 2004; Raptors 98-86. At Toronto, Donyell Marshall scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Raptors completed the season series sweep.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Jazz - 2-1 on the road; Raptors - 0-3 at home.