Bosh wants aggression

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

Chris Bosh wouldn't mind seeing his Raptors teammates get their elbows up a little more often.

With six losses in a row and 15 in 16 games, the arrows could be pointed at numerous reasons for Toronto's start to the 2005-06 NBA season. In Bosh's mind, it starts in one area.

"We tend not to be aggressive," Bosh said. "We stop being aggressive down the stretch of a game. Not that we are looking for something to go wrong, but the minute the aggression starts, the other team knocks us back on our heels and now we are too timid, we are not making hard cuts, we are not looking to score. That is where mistakes come from."

From where does the lack of a killer instinct originate?

"I think it is youth," Bosh said. "I am young too. I have the ball in my hand down the stretch, and I know I was not that aggressive. You have to go through it to learn it."

The idea that losing has been acceptable is not one that Bosh believes.

"It is never acceptable," Bosh said. "I look at guys' faces after every game, and they are mad. The minute that losing is acceptable, people should turn in their uniforms."

HAWKS FLOUNDERING

The Raptors square off tonight against the Atlanta Hawks, an outfit that is 1-5 at home and 2-12 overall. But when you're 1-15, it's not exactly easy to take the opposition lightly.

"They're a young, athletic team, and they are going to find a way to get off to a good start and play themselves into the game," Jalen Rose said. "We have to try to put the (past) few games behind us and understand it is a long season. Anything can happen in 67 games (remaining). We don't plan on going 67-0, but those who have been around long enough understand that."

ROSE ADVICE

Rose said he has been trying to give advice to the young Raptors. "The walk to school is always longer once you get older," Rose said. "I tell them to appreciate the minutes. When I came into the league, getting minutes was something you had to (earn). Today's game has changed. Now we bring in some players you throw them into the fire immediately."


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