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Rose coloured glasses Jalen?
By STEVE BUFFERY, TORONTO SUN

Jalen Rose did not wilt when asked what he expected from the Raptors this season. The standout forward predicted that the Raps, after missing the playoffs the past two years, will make it into the post-season.

"I definitely feel we're going to make the playoffs and from there it's wide open," Rose said last night after the Raptors defeated Cleveland 100-92 in pre-season action. "I feel we should be a .500 team."

As for the pundits who have predicted more losing days for the Raptors, Rose believes, by and large, that they don't know what they're talking about -- even though Toronto finished the pre-season at only 2-5 against NBA competition.

"Nobody predicted Boston (Red Sox) to come back from 0-3, nobody predicted the Detroit Pistons to win (the NBA title), nobody predicted New England (Patriots) to win as many games as they have in a row," he said. "But that's sport, you never really know what's going to happen.

"A lot of people are going to predict things, but that's why they play the games," he added. "You never can count on injuries or who's playing well or who's not and I feel like we're going to be a team that surprises a lot of people."

Vince Carter said the Raptors are learning coach Sam Mitchell's uptempo offence well and said how the players respond defensively will make all the difference this season.

"Talk is cheap," Carter said. "I think we have a good team, a talented team, not very big and we understand that.

"But we have to work that to our advantage. If we stick to that, we could be better than a .500 team."

BRIEFLY

The Raptors will hold their annual open practice tomorrow at the ACC at noon. Admission is free and the practice will include a number of interactive events between the players and fans ... The Raps will also host the third annual Tip Off Dinner in support of the Raptors foundation on Monday at Alice Fazooli's Italian Crabshack, 294 Adelaide St. W. Players and coaches, including Rose, Donyell Marshall, Chris Bosh, Morris Peterson, Lamond Murray, Rafael Araujo and Mitchell will tend bar and wait tables during the event.







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