Rose all talk, no shot

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:13 PM ET

He was glued to the bench and held off the scoreboard, but Jalen Rose still had his say.

In the wake of another loss by his winless team (0-8) and another disappointing individual performance, the Raptors' highest-paid player uttered his first real negative words of the season.

After going scoreless for the first time in 551 games, in a 121-115 loss against the Philadelphia 76ers last night at the Air Canada Centre, the struggling veteran made it clear he felt he deserved more playing time than his seven bad minutes.

"A call is a call," Rose said after he picked up four fouls. "I ain't going to really get in to whether I thought it was a good or bad call. Everybody who watched the game or saw the replay, they're going to have their own opinion. But I didn't foul out.

"I would have hoped (to return). I think the team played well to stay in the game. Guys were fighting hard, competing well. I would have loved to have the opportunity to be out there and play with the guys."

Rose was held off the scoreboard for the first time in a game since Feb. 20, 1998. But last night wasn't his first poor game of the season. He hasn't topped 15 points in his past five games.

"Being a winless team, everybody wants to contribute and try to help the team get a win," Rose said. "Obviously, I'm no different. I feel like the team needs me to produce ... I just felt like if I'd have been on the floor, I probably would have hopefully made a play."

Raptors coach Sam Mitchell, who smashed and broke a clipboard after a Matt Bonner turnover in the second half, felt Rose was out of sync.

"He probably couldn't have got in rhythm and the guys who were on the floor were playing well," Mitchell said.

A night after a horrible start led to a 104-92 road loss against the surging Sixers, the Raptors did the exact same thing last night, falling behind by 20 in the first quarter.

The Raptors, who started Chris Bosh at centre and gave forward Matt Bonner his first career start, have outscored an opponent in just one first quarter this season.

"Those feelings we have to muster up inside ourselves when we're down 20 points, we can't get that right away for some reason," said Bosh, who notched his fifth consecutive double-double (23 points, 10 rebounds). "All it takes is one game, one first quarter to start like that and after that, it will probably click in our heads."

The Raptors fought back to tie it at 74-74 in the third and came oh-so-close to tying it in the final minute of regulation, but point guard Mike James' layup rolled around the rim and didn't drop.

James scored a career-high 38 points. Sixers star Allen Iverson scored a season-high 42 points.


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