Raps rapped

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

The Raptors were not hiding their heads in the sand yesterday after dropping a disappointing 101-94 decision to the Charlotte Bobcats Friday . They couldn't.

Not after coach Sam Mitchell called his players out during his post-game press conference, suggesting the Raptors get "killed every day" in the newspapers because of sub-par performances such as the one versus the expansion Bobcats.

"(Sam) can not stick up for people if the effort is not there,"forward Chris Bosh said yesterday, endorsing his coach's comments.

"We definitely have taken a hit the past two games by losing to Charlotte and Miami.

Look at the Charlotte loss. Teams that make the playoffs, they don't lose those games."

The Raptors upcoming schedule does not include any pushovers, either.

After tipping off against the Suns, the Raps travel to Indiana to meet the Pacers Wednesday before hosting the Washington Wizards Friday and Dallas Mavericks a week today.

"It doesn't get any easier,"Bosh said. "But you can't kick yourself when you're down on the ground. We're going to have to make it up.

"Definitely the Phoenix game is going to be a test. You are either going to lay over, or you are going to put up a fight."

THE JOKE'S ON YOU

Jalen Rose yesterday was asked what it was like to return to the starting lineup.

"It was nice to hear "At 6-foot-8 from Michigan" being announced over the PA again," he said.

At that very moment teammate Mo Peterson slapped a Michigan State hat on Rose's head, much to Rose's embarrassment.

Remember, Rose was a member of Michigan's Fab Five that went all the way to the NCAA title game before losing.


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