There are some wild combinations of players on the court for injury-bothered teams playing out the string in a lost season.
And the Raptors are a prime example.
They've been missing three starters -- point guard Jose Calderon, power forward Amir Johnson and center Andrea Bargnani -- along with sixth man Leandro Barbosa for about a week now, and coach Jay Triano's had some fun trotting out different lineups.
He's used small forward Julian Wright as a backup point guard, James Johnson as some kind of point forward, and DeMar DeRozan has run some of the offense out of his shooting guard role.
"I said, 'Let's embrace this. Let's not look at it like oh, we've got guys hurt. Let's embrace it,'" said Triano. "Guys are going to get a chance to play, they're going to make mistakes, they're going to probably stay in the game if they do, but let's play the right way and share the basketball."
It's not anything anyone would prescribe for long-term success, but a 22-58 team going nowhere but the lottery for a third consecutive spring has to make do with what it's got.
RAPTORS 99, NETS 92: Jerryd Bayless led a balanced attack with 19 points as the Raptors, with only nine healthy bodies, hung on for a home win. James Johnson, DeMar DeRozan and Ed Davis all had 18 points for Toronto, which almost frittered away a 21-point lead.
Copyright (C) 2011 The Sports Xchange. All Rights Reserved.