Raptors rookie Ed Davis has had some promising moments this season. But he hasn't had a game where he's had either 10 points or rebounds in five games, and coach Jay Triano has given a lot of his time to the other three bigs on the team -- Andrea Bargnani, Reggie Evans and Amir Johnson.
In a perfect world, Davis would be giving the team enough when he's on the floor to warrant staying out there, but that's not happening as much as the coach would like it to.
"I do," Triano said when asked if he'd like to let Davis play through a few more mistakes than usual, "but I also want to win basketball games and if I don't think he's helping us, we've got Amir getting healthy, we've got Reggie who is playing very well and we want to keep taking a look at Alex when Alex gets there.
"If he plays well when he's out there, he'll stay out there."
The falloff in Davis's play could simply be a matter of him wearing down. Despite missing the first month of the season, he still has played in 51 games and averages about 23 minutes a night.
"I don't like to say it's the rookie wall or anything like that, but he's probably venturing into more games that he's ever played at any other point in his career," said Triano.
"Even at North Carolina, being hurt, his season never extended past the 50-game mark and that's probably what he's looking at right now.
"The growth of him as a player is fighting through this. We've said all along, part of his development is him being consistent with his energy and his effort every single night, riding through the tough times when you're not playing well, and this is the part where he has to get better."
NUGGETS 123, RAPTORS 90: Toronto lost for the seventh straight time in Denver, giving up 72 first-half points in one of its worst efforts in weeks. Andrea Bargnani led the Raptors with 20 points, but Toronto allowed seven Nuggets to score in double figures and never had a chance to win.
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