Bosh seeks adjustments

MIKE GANTER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

With three rookies there's plenty of learning going on with the Raptors, but the learning is not limited to just the first years.

Chris Bosh, the building block of this franchise moving forward, is in his third year but the lack of experience on this roster have opponent's paying a lot more attention to Bosh than he is accustomed to.

"It's very much night and day," Bosh said of the defence he's seeing this year compared to last. "Last year I was more of a surprise when I started doing well in mid-season. At that point people started saying, 'OK, now we have to do something.'"

But this year Bosh has been the focus of the opponent's defence from the opening tip.

"Now it's 'We know Bosh is going to be aggressive so we're going to do this to stop him.' It's a totally different story.'"

In last night's 102-92 loss to the New Jersey Nets, Bosh was held to 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting. Through the first half, when the Nets built their lead, Bosh was limited to six points.

"Most of the times (in the past) if I beat the first guy it's a dunk, a layup or a foul,' Bosh said of his old world. "Now, they've got a guy helping. I've just got to watch film and see where that guy is coming from and make the best pass I can.".

Bosh though is not the only Raptor starter struggling to find his shot and his offence.

The Raptors leading point getters last night both came from the second unit with Morris Peterson and Jose Calderon each finishing the night with 20 points. Bosh's 14 was tops among the starting five.

"As a starting unit we have to do a better job of setting the tempo,' Bosh said.

Disappointed in the overall effort of the Raptors last night, Bosh said it's simply a matter of each individual making the necessary adjustments. Twenty minutes after last night's game he had already mapped out his own strategy.

"My game is fine," he said. "I still have to learn how these teams are playing me. Obviously they're getting a lot of help on my drives and Ijust have to see where the open man is and make the best pass so those guys can back up off me."


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