One of the things that most concerns the Raptors, and has all season, is how they are treated by NBA referees.
Without a true star and with a record that puts them with the dregs of the league, they feel they are fighting an uphill battle to get what they feel would be a fair shake for refs.
The concern most surrounds second-year swingman DeMar DeRozan, who is the team's most effective player in getting to the rim.
Trouble is, the Raptors see DeRozan accept, and even welcome, contact yet don't feel he gets enough calls and trips to the line.
It got to be too much for coach Jay Triano in a game Saturday when he saw DeRozan leveled with no call and then watched Chicago's Derrick Rose get hit with an immediate call.
An almost season-worth of frustration boiled over as Triano charged about halfway onto the court and picked up a technical, but it was the strongest message he's sent in a while that the Raptors are going to demand respect and not wait for it to come.
"I just think DeMar goes to the basket and there's contact and I don't hear the whistle. And then Derrick goes at the other end and there goes the whistle. DeMar will get there, he'll get to the point where he earns respect," Triano said.
RAPTORS 102, MAGIC 98: Toronto outscored Orlando 29-19 in the fourth quarter to record the upset win, their second in three meetings between the teams this season. DeMar DeRozan had 24 points and Jerryd Bayless 23, the second time in as many games that each has scored more than 20.
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