Sow tearing up minors

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:37 AM ET

And now for some good news for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd.

One of its players went on a scoring spree against the Flyers yesterday.

Okay, so it wasn't the Leafs' Mats Sundin scoring a hat trick against the hated Philadelphia Flyers.

But, hey, Pape Sow scoring 40 against those pesky Fort Worth Flyers can't be a bad thing.

The second-year Raptors forward, who was sent down to the Arkansas Rim Rockers of the NBA development league last week, had his second double-double in a row (40 points, 14 rebounds) to open the season as the Rockers beat the Flyers 113-111 yesterday.

Sow, whose NBA career-high is nine points in a game, had 21 points and 11 rebounds Friday in a 112-102 loss against the Austin Toros.

For the record, no Raptor has reached the 40-point mark in NBA play since Vince Carter scored 40 March 26, 2004 in New York.

WHERE IS ROSE?

Jalen Rose continues to look nothing like his usual self.

Rose, who was called Mr. Clutch at times last season, and fellow starter Mike James both sat out the last 22 minutes of a 117-91 loss against the Golden State Warriors Saturday night.

When asked if he felt him and James were being singled out with the early trip to the bench, Rose simply said, "No comment."

But it's difficult not to comment about his statistical dip. He is shooting just 34% from the field this season, way down from his career average of 44.3%. Rose also has slipped in free throw percentage -- 75% this season and 80.2% for his career.

"He's trying to even work harder," assistant coach Jim Todd said. "He's trying to do all the right things, he's been as positive as he possibly can be."

DEFENSIVE ISSUES

Raptors coach Sam Mitchell promised to simplify his defence for his young team this season. So far, it hasn't helped as the Raptors are ranked last in the NBA in defence.

"Every game we try to simplify it a little bit more," Todd said. "I don't think we can get much simpler."


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