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News » Key playmakers step up late in game

Key playmakers step up late in game

Key playmakers step up late in game With the game on the line, Jay Triano had a luxury seldom ever afforded a Raptors head coach and he took full advantage of it.

Lacking enough playmakers to really make the difference down the stretch of a close game, Triano finished last night's 101-91 Toronto victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers with three of them on the court at the same time.

He must have felt as if it was an embarrassment of riches.

Jose Calderon, Jarrett Jack and Hedo Turkoglu all made big plays in the final four minutes of the game as the Raptors were able to get the ball in different situations to ease the collective pressure.

"We've got so many guys that can make plays," the coach said. "It was a great thing as the game was going down to have Jarrett and Jose and Hedo all on the floor. Those three guys can all make plays and they can all handle the Basketball.

"I think that's why we don't turn it over as much and, when you've got three guys who share the ball like they do, you're going to be effective."

The Raptors committed only 13 turnovers in the game, a far cry from the 21 they had in the final pre-season game. A tighter rotation, improved play and a better understanding of where players are going to be are the reasons.

"I would like to make a couple more shots," joked Calderon, who was only 1-for-6 from the field, but his basket was a clutch drive that ended in a three-point play in the final seconds. "I couldn't make one, but Hedo, Jarrett, everybody was ready to score (and) Andrea (Bargnani) was unbelievable tonight. We can pass the ball

"Sometimes, we passed the ball too much. We have to be a little bit more selfish in some places, but it was great tonight."

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