TORONTO — Sam Mitchell remembers playing for the Indiana Pacers team that got on a roll in the 1994 Eastern Conference finals, and stormed past Shaquille O'Neal and the Orlando Magic in a series sweep.
"They were picked to run us out of the gym," Mitchell said. "But a two-point game, Byron Scott gets open and makes a three and we win Game 1. "Now all of a sudden we've got confidence. We play Game 2, we win on the road."
The Toronto Raptors open the first round of the playoffs Sunday against the Magic at Orlando.
Mitchell wishes he could flick that elusive switch that starts a team on a roll. But all the coach can do is hope the team rounds into form at the right time, after a regular season that was missing any sense of momentum.