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Raptors Split From Practice For Some Team Bonding

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October 20, 2009

Jay Satur - raptors.com

TORONTO - Several Raptors went straight into the gutter on Tuesday and no one was more pleased than Jay Triano.

Sandwiched between two intense practice days, the Raptors head coach and his staff elected to hit the lanes with the team to bowl a few frames.

“The one thing that we need to do is to build a trust amongst each other,” Triano said in a conference call on Tuesday afternoon. “We need to be able to play together and back each other up. There are going to be tough times throughout this year and there are going to be good times and we’ve got to make sure that our guys stick together through all of it.”

The event was a spontaneous bit of fun for the players, but this had been mapped out for quite some time, thanks in part to strength and conditioning coach Francesco Cuzzolin.

“Francesco Cuzzolin is very good at when we get rest and when we can work hard,” said Triano. “That’s why we went hard and long (Monday).

“The players had no idea what was coming but we did and we know that we’ve got a real hard practice tomorrow. But you can’t go three straight days real hard without the body starting to break down.”

When they do return to the practice court, the staff will once again get a good look at Antoine Wright, whose injured knee responded well following Monday’s contact drills.

“(Wright) was great today,” said Triano. “His knee looked good. When we came back here he went up to the gym to get a workout in and there were no effects after the tough workout yesterday so he’ll be raring to go at practice tomorrow and we’ll moderate it accordingly.”

The same can’t be said for forward Reggie Evans, who did not participate in favour of receiving treatment on his sprained left foot.

The Raptors will follow Wednesday’s workout with a lighter practice on Thursday before travelling to South Dakota for their final preseason tilt against the Timberwolves in Sioux Falls. Saturday is likely their final off-day before the home opener against the Cavaliers next Wednesday.