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Raptors watch
By Frank Zicarelli

BOSH HAS TO PLAY BIG

Somewhat lost in Friday's loss to the Knicks was the play of Chris Bosh, who was more active against New York than he has been in recent games.

Bosh has been put in an almost impossible and unfair situation because he is often overmatched in the paint.

His task doesn't get any easier today when the New Orleans Hornets pay a visit to the Air Canada Centre. The Bugs are big upfront and will throw Toronto native Jamaal Magloire and P.J. Brown at Bosh and Donyell Marshall.

Having hit the rookie wall at least twice this season and having undergone injuries to his knee and ankle, Bosh says the biggest pain has been dealing with the losing.

"Mentally, that's been wearing me down,'' Bosh said of a team that has lost 11 of its previous 12 games.

"I think any human is going to get down mentally when you lose. Physcially, I'm starting to feel strong again. I'm concentrating more on trying to contribute each game."

Bosh says he still has to wear a brace to protect his knee but he has discarded it during practice.

"In the next little while I'm going to hang that thing for good and hopefully never see it again,'' Bosh said.

As for his ankle, Bosh says it's feeling better.

"The only thing I think about is winning,'' Bosh said.

COACHING ON THE FLY

Kevin O'Neill says he won't start recently signed point guard Rod Strickland against the Hornets. O'Neill had the veteran on the floor in crunch time during Friday's loss to the Knicks after beginning the game with Milt Palacio at the point.

In recent games, O'Neill has been forced to ask the likes of a Jannero Pargo or a Dion Glover to create down the stretch of tight games out of necessity.

In what has become a constant revolving door of players and rotations, the Raptors haven't had a consistent roster for any extended time this season. And the constant change is expected again with word the team is eyeing Corie Blount, who was recently waived by the Chicago Bulls.

"Personally as a coach, working under these circumstances has been difficult,'' O'Neill said. "I've always been a system's guy, someone who believes in consistency and continuity.

"It has been an adjustment, just as it has been an adjustment for the players. The more you play together as a team, the better the cohesion, the better you have a feel for each other."









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