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Wright expects to start

There seems to be only one way Antoine Wright does things: To be a winner.

There seems to be only one way Antoine Wright does things: To be a winner.

With Raptors coach Jay Triano suggesting Wright has every chance to unseat rookie DeMar DeRozan as the final piece of the team’s starting lineup, Wright isn’t about to shy away from the challenge.

“I don’t expect to lose,” the 6-foot-7 swingman said yesterday. “Who goes into any situation expecting to lose?”

Wright might not have much time left to make his way into the starting lineup. After missing the first seven pre-season games and a couple of weeks of practices while nursing a sore knee, the four-year veteran is at a decided disadvantage going into tomorrow’s exhibition finale at Sioux Falls, S.D., against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

But Triano said he will give Wright as much time as he can in the game to assess his conditioning.

“I think we’re going to play around with different lineups a little bit, but we have to get Antoine as much run as we can here,” the coach said. “We’ve only got one game left in pre-season and we want to see what he can do and have the other guys who are on the floor mesh with him.”

Even if he remains as a backup, it’s not as if Wright won’t have a major impact on whomever starts. He’ll have days of practice to make sure DeRozan and Sonny Weems, another young guy looking for minutes, know they’re in a legitimate competition because lessons learned on the practice court should carry over.

The three are fighting for the starting job alongside Jose Calderon, Hedo Turkoglu, Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani.

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