Sports Miles draws start in Raptors’ pre-season opener

08:05  02 october  2017
08:05  02 october  2017 Source:   Toronto Star

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Veteran C.J. Miles could crack the starting lineup for the Raptors on opening night. © Chris Young Veteran C.J. Miles could crack the starting lineup for the Raptors on opening night.

HONOLULU—Read nothing into the decision to start C.J. Miles in the first exhibition game for the Raptors.

Coach Dwane Casey said he’ll mix and match as the pre-season rolls on, and used Miles in Sunday’s opener here just to get him some court time with the other starters and some game conditioning.

“He had a family situation where he missed like two weeks of workouts,” Casey said of Miles. “He worked his butt off this summer and kind of hit a two-week period where he didn’t get to work. That hurt him a little bit, and hopefully this week and these games will help him get back in game shape.”

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Miles and Norm Powell are vying for the other spot in the starting lineup along with Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas. But for the first couple of games out of the block, Casey is not settling on anything in the way of a consistent group.

“There won’t be any type of rotation or anything like that. Just get guys some runs, some minutes,” the coach said.

ROOKIE WATCH: OG Anunoby, who made a somewhat surprising appearance in a full-bore practice last week in Victoria, is not ready for a full-bore NBA pre-season game. Casey said the first-round draft pick, still recovering from knee surgery in January, is not expected to play for at least two weeks.

“We played him the other night in the intrasquad scrimmage just to get the rust off and let him run and play,” the coach said. “He wasn’t 100 per cent then. He’s probably a couple more exhibition games away, probably won’t play until the last exhibition game, if then. He’s been going five-on-five, getting hit, but he’s still not 100 per cent.”

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RAPID CLIP: Doc Rivers relinquished control of the Los Angeles Clippers front office in the summer, moving back to being the team’s head coach with longtime assistant Lawrence Frank assuming the role of executive vice-president of basketball operations. Rivers experienced no real difference in the off-season.

“My summer didn’t change at all. I still sit with Lawrence and we make the same decisions that we did a year ago,” Rivers said.

One major difference in the Clippers is that they no longer can rely on Chris Paul to engineer their offence.

“They’ll be different, but they’ll find an identity that fits them and doesn’t centre around Chris quarterbacking. You knew where the ball was going to be when he was in the game,” Casey said. “Now the ball is going to be moving around and zinging around, so your defence better adjust accordingly or they’re going to pick you apart. . . . Multiple people will handle the ball.”

FAMILIAR FOES: This is third straight pre-season that the Raptors and Clippers have met, with the teams splitting games in 2015 and 2016 in Los Angeles. They played two other times, with the Clippers winning in 1999 and Toronto victorious in 2008.

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