Team play in question

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:02 AM ET

While the war of words between Jalen Rose and Rafer Alston seemed to end yesterday, the Raptors do not all appear to be on the same page. After the Raptors' 119-107 win over the Charlotte Bobcats, coach Sam Mitchell said the team "played very individualistic."

Alston, however, doesn't share Mitchell's opinion.

"We shot 50% from the field and at one point I think I was eight-for-eight," Alston said. "Chris Bosh was hot, Donyell Marshall was hot, Jalen Rose was on fire, Mo Peterson, before he got cold, hit about three four in a row. What's individual?"

BAD TEAMS ACT ALIKE

Mitchell doesn't think the outbursts by Rose and Alston are out of the norm. Frustration, Mitchell said, becomes a factor for all losing teams.

"It's something that's inherited by any team in any sport that hasn't achieved what they hoped to achieve," Mitchell said. " "We're no different than anyone else. The good thing about it is guys want to win."

Mitchell doesn't see frustration as a bad thing.

"You want people to be frustrated when they don't win. I don't want them to be downstairs having a party, celebrating. But there is a manner in which you have to handle frustration."

ROSE SPEAKS OUT

Rose made it clear he will not hide his thoughts if the team isn't performing to his expectations.

"It's my responsibility and my job as a player and as a leader of this team to say what I feel and mean what I say," Rose said. "I owe it to the fans and owe it to the people that follow the team to speak my mind and speak about what I see happening on our team."

Rose probably would be much quieter if the team was contending for a championship.

"It's all about winning in this league," he said. "When you win, you're not frustrated. That's just the bottom line. If we would have been 69-0, I wouldn't have had anything to say."


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