Bosh gets hounded

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

Second year forward Chris Bosh was smothered by two or three Maverick players everytime he touched the ball in Dallas on Monday night.

The 20-year-old is getting to the point where he is starting to average almost a double-double every night, so he better get used to it.

With Vince Carter gone, Bosh and Jalen Rose are the two players the Raptors have been leaning on the most for scoring. And with that responsibility comes the extra attention.

"Every time I caught the ball, they doubled," Bosh said, of his experience in Dallas. "I've never seen anything like that before."

He will see it again, no doubt. This season, and probably for the rest of his career.

ROSE FRUSTRATED

Rose said there is more than just good stats that help a team get into the playoffs. He said the Raptors still have to learn one major aspect of the NBA.

"And that's just playing to win," he said. "That's not a statistic. That's not points, rebounds, assists, field goal percentage. That's doing all the little things in order to make sure everybody feels good about themselves out there in order to attack the other team. Knowing how to win, that's something you learn as a ball player."

SAM WANTS RUNNING

Head coach Sam Mitchell has become more and more frustrated over his team's reluctance to run.

Toronto's fast-break points have not been to where Mitchell would like to see them. He's been preaching uptempo basketball all season, with mixed results.

"We're not running the ball. We're not getting the ball up and down the court. We have to push the basketball," he said. "If we can get out and run, we can get quality shots. We're not a big basketball team, so playing against teams that are bigger than us, it's tough when we play a lot of half-court basketball. If teams are bigger and quicker than you are, where are your advantages?"


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