Toronto was a team on the rise with a Coach of the Year winner (Sam Mitchell), fringe MVP candidate (Chris Bosh), a No. 1 overall pick (Andrea Bargnani) and the addition of Jermaine O'Neal.
Toronto is a team that fired Mitchell, keeps shuffling rotations failingly and probably would trade just about anyone beside Bosh or Jose Calderon. After a Friday win, the Raptors are 13-20 with five wins in the past 18 games.
Bosh talks like he thinks his team is so soft than it has goose-down jerseys.
"Sometimes we're kind of passive and we kind of hold back," Bosh told reporters in Toronto, where fans have been booing. "We have to be mean and nasty and get out there. People enjoy it, you'll win more games and you demand respect that way."
In and out
Dwyane Wade to Miami reporters on Heat teammates Mario Chalmers, Daequan Cook and Michael Beasley, who could all be in college: "Sometimes, I feel like I'm carrying my sons around."
• Marcus Banks took Chris Quinn's job as Chalmers' backup point guard.
• The 2006 draft's No. 3 pick, Charlotte's Adam Morrison, has not scored since Dec. 11 despite six appearances. He is behind undrafted players Raja Bell and Matt Carroll but got his $5.2 million option picked up for next season.
• Detroit coach Michael Curry is considering moving Richard Hamilton or Allen Iverson to a sixth-man role.
• While Tracy McGrady stunned Houston teammates with the decision to sit out games, Rockets forward Ron Artest played on an ankle sprain, causing it to swell and slowing its healing.
• San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili's shot is back but his drive has not returned since September ankle surgery. His 14.3 scoring average is his lowest in five years.
• Utah's Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams have played two games together this season and Boozer will miss at least a month with an upcoming knee surgery.
• Jason Kidd, at 35, is keying Dallas' turnaround despite career-worst scoring. Kidd is second in the NBA in steals, fourth in assists and the rebounding leader among guards.
• Break up the Bucks. Scott Skiles has Milwaukee playing some defense and winning 7 of 10 entering Saturday.
• Only Golden State could beat Boston and lose to Oklahoma City five days later. Pity the Warriors, though. Monday's game will give them 23 road games in their first 36 games and Monta Ellis may be a month away from returning. But Marco Belinelli has emerged, averaging nearly 14 points over the past 16 games and playing point guard at times.
• New Jersey became the first NBA team in history to be at least five games above .500 on the road and at least five games below .500 at home at any point of a season.