The Raptors pulled out the victory, but that doesn't mean they won't be getting an earful at shootaround this morning.
Just about all of them are expecting it.
The 120-119 overtime victory over the Seattle SuperSonics at the Air Canada Centre yesterday managed to overshadow an unacceptable discrepancy in the rebounding department where the Raptors were "killed" 52-34.
"It's not effort," head coach Sam Mitchell said. "And it's not just our bigs. It's our guards too. The shot that sent the game into overtime was a loose ball that bounced at the free throw line and our guards, instead of staying in, I don't know where they were going. It's not just the bigs. That one play right there, even if we tip it, the game doesn't go to overtime."
Mitchell has been preaching the importance of improving the team rebounding and he's going to be doing it again over the next few days.
Chris Bosh said he's expecting it and says it's obviously necessary.
"If everyone just makes up their mind to be aggressive on the boards we'll be a lot better," he said. "Sometimes we get caught ball watching. If we have all five guys just wanting to get the ball we'll be that much better."
It's hard to call it the definite game changing moment because there were a few of them, but a Bosh driving layup with just under five minutes remaining and the Raps trailing by five. T.J. Ford hit Bosh with a long lead pass with just one Sonic to beat. Bosh went behind his back as he circled the defender and then laid it in for a crowd-inciting bucket.
Bosh though wasn't done there. He raced back downcourt and blocked a Rashard Lewis attempt sending the crowd into another frenzy.
"It was definitely a momentum changer," Ford said of Bosh's back-to-back plays. "We were able to go on a run of our own and we were able to gain confidence because we were down five or seven. It was definitely one of the key points in the game."