Bosh's game grows

BILL HARRIS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

The Raptors have not had a great road swing so far, having gone 1-3 with a game to play in Charlotte tonight. But when it comes to great road swings from the perspective of individual statistics, one need look no further than Chris Bosh.

The sophomore forward has posted a double-double in every game of the trip.

Bosh recorded 24 points and 22 rebounds in Philadelphia; 32 points and 11 rebounds in Atlanta; 16 points and 13 rebounds in Miami; and 16 points and 11 rebounds in Orlando.

That works out to averages of 22.0 points and 14.3 rebounds. And this is a guy who was battling a very sore lower back before the Raptors departed Toronto.

"He's playing well," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said of Bosh. "He's growing every night, even when he doesn't play his best. It's all about confidence, and he understands now that he can do it."

THREE MUSKETEERS

Mitchell agreed with the theory that Bosh, the Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard (who the Raptors saw on Wednesday) and the Charlotte Bobcats' Emeka Okafor (who the Raptors will see tonight) represent the future of the power-forward position in the East.

"Yeah, without a doubt, those three guys, it's going to be interesting over the years to watch how they all develop," Mitchell said.

"If they all reach their potential, there are going to be some wars when those three guys match up with each other."

IT'S ALL RELATIVE

Magic guard DeShawn Stevenson, whose team defeated the Raptors 108-96 on Wednesday, lamented how tough the month of March was to the team from central Florida.

"Coaching switch (from Johnny Davis to Chris Jent), Hedo (Turkoglu) breaking his wrist, Jameer (Nelson) hurting his stomach, Steve (Francis) getting suspended, everything going downhill," Stevenson said. "It has been a crazy month."

You call that crazy, DeShawn? Try being a Raptor for a couple of days.


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