Rose back on track

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

For a change, Jalen Rose was not asked about his struggles yesterday.

The Raptors veteran, who was a huge disappointment in the team's season-opening nine-game losing streak, delivered a much-needed solid 22-point performance in a 107-94 win over the Miami Heat.

"I was disappointed by myself the whole entire season," Rose said. "I didn't play the way I'm capable. I felt if I would have been able to play the way I'm capable (the Raptors could have won a game earlier in the season ... I'm just happy to do my part and contribute to a win."

ROOM TO IMPROVE

With fellow 2003 first-rounder Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat in town yesterday, red-hot Raptors forward Chris Bosh was asked if he felt he was nearing the level of other members of that great draft class, like Wade and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"In my mind, no honestly," Bosh said. "I just play basketball. I'm going to put up my usual numbers. I'm increasing my average in points and rebounds, polish my leadership skills and just make everybody on this team better. As long as I continue to get better at those things every day, maybe I'll be on the level they are."

GO SOUTH, YOUNG MAN

As expected, the Raptors sent Pape Sow down to their development league team, the Arkansas RimRockers, yesterday. The Raptors are now carrying 14 players, though Sow still counts on the roster, meaning the Raptors do not have an open roster spot.

SIGN OF THE TIMES

That infamous fan who brought the "Rob Babcock Raptor killer" sign to the game Wednesday was back in the house yesterday with an additional sign.

The new sign had a picture of Richard Peddie, president of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., with the words "Natural Disastor."

Give him points for creativity, but the young man loses marks for spelling.

BRIEFLY

The Chicago Bulls started the season 0-9 last year, just like the Raptors this season, and made the playoffs.


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