TORONTO (AP) -- Rafer Alston was back in action for the Toronto
Raptors and looking for an apology.
Alston said he wanted an apology after being benched for much of
Tuesday's loss to Cleveland and that he's not sure he wants to stay
with the Raptors.
Alston and coach Sam Mitchell argued after Alston was pulled
from the game in the first quarter against Cleveland. Alston didn't
come out of the dressing room for the second half and was seen
crying as he was escorted to the team bus by security during the
He had just returned to the Raptors on Thursday, following a
two-game suspension the team gave him after he stormed out of
practice last week.
Alston reiterated after the game that he did nothing wrong
"I was man enough to come in after the suspension was over and
apologize to this team, this organization, Canada, my mom, my
family," Alston said. "Somebody should be man enough to apologize
Despite the sore feelings, Alston was at his best in the first
half against Milwaukee, scoring 16 points with seven assists. But
he went 0-for-5 from the field in the second half and finished with
After the game, Mitchell singled out another one of his players.
Eric Williams, acquired from New Jersey in the Vince Carter trade,
left for the dressing room in the second quarter after a crown on a
tooth came off.
"We actually called his name to go into the game, but he wasn't
feeling well and was in the back. In the future, guys have to let
the trainer know, so we know," the first-year coach said.
Williams wasn't happy he didn't play at all.
"I left to get my teeth repaired. What about the rest of the
game?" said Williams, who has barely played recently.
Redd, left off the All-Star team, made two key jumpers down the
stretch for the Bucks, who blew out Boston on Tuesday night.
Jalen Rose had 26 points but missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer
that would have sent the game to overtime. The Raptors have lost
three straight to drop to 10 games below .500 (20-30)
"We should have won," Rose said. "Unfortunately, we didn't
close the game strong. We have to find a way to put a good effort
together for an entire game. I guess that's why our record is what
Toni Kukoc gave Milwaukee its first lead since the first quarter
with a 3-pointer with seven minutes left. Mike James capped the
14-3 run with a 3-pointer, giving the Bucks a 104-97 lead with 4:34
Toronto went 3-for-11 from the field in the fourth before
Donyell Marshall converted a three-point play to cut the lead to
two with 2:45 left.
Redd followed with a jumper over Rose, but Rose answered with a
Desmond Mason blocked Rose's next shot before Redd made a
fadeaway jumper to give Milwaukee a four-point lead with 50 seconds
Marshall then dunked over Dan Gadzuric, who also fouled
Marshall. Marshall converted the three-point play to cut the lead
to one with 27 seconds remaining, but Joe Smith made two free
throws to make it 110-107 with 8.1 seconds left.
"Toronto pretty much had control of the game for most of the
game. We came back and in the third and fourth quarters and played
extremely well," Redd said. "We have a lot of character."
The Raptors have allowed an average of 57 points in the
first half of their last 14 games. Toronto led 61-57 at halftime.
... Milwaukee outrebounded Toronto 48-35. ... When told Alston
wanted an apology, Mitchell said: "I don't know who that is
directed to." Mitchell said he met with Alston earlier Wednesday.