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Wright, Raptors downplay fine

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Notes, Quotes · Roster Report · Wright, Raptors downplay fine

The Raptors have finally showed the first crack in what's been a solid team that's stayed together despite a horrible season.

Julian Wright was fined an undisclosed amount after refusing to enter Friday's loss to Golden State when asked by coach Jay Triano.

Wright and team officials were downplaying the incident a day after it occurred, but it was a sign of frustration bubbling over.

Wright has become a forgotten man in Toronto's rotation since the Raptors obtained James Johnson in February, sitting out the entirety of 13 of Toronto's last 16 games.

What makes the issue more notable is that Wright has generally been seen as one of the hardest-working and most team-oriented players on the roster.

And the Raptors, as a whole, have handled a disastrous season -- one that included a 13-game losing streak overall and a franchise-record 14 straight road losses -- with surprising cohesion.

Now with only nine games remaining, it will be interesting to see if any other players' frustration emerges from the privacy of the locker room to the public eye.

CLIPPERS 94, RAPTORS 90: A short-staffed Toronto team blew a 10-point lead with about eight minutes to go and finished a five-game road trip with a 1-4 record. Andrea Bargnani and Reggie Evans both missed the game with injuries. Ed Davis had a career-high 21 points to lead the Raptors.

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