Please pass the salt

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

The Raptors celebrated their clinching of a playoff berth in swanky fashion on Monday night.

Many of the players gathered at a high-end steak joint a day after the club snared a post-season spot with a win against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Chris Bosh, who along with Darrick Martin wound up splitting the tab for the whole shindig, said the get-togethers have been regular occurrences this season.

Bosh figured the team had hunkered down to eat 15 or 16 times this year. The crowd Monday night consisted of 11 or 12 players, with some begging off to spend time with family or friends in the city.

Bosh wouldn't be pinned down on what exactly the night cost but one can be sure it wasn't cheap.

"I'm sure they were glad to see us coming," Bosh said.

Prime 112 is one of the more upscale steakhouses on Ocean Drive in trendy South Beach.

"We try to treat the guys to a nice meal," Bosh said. "That's the price of being a leader."

Bosh has never asked around the league, but he considered the Raptors' frequent get-togethers on the road unique in the NBA.

"I can remember last year we didn't't do anything like that," Bosh said.

"I can count on my hand how many times we ate together, but this season it's been so different right from the pre-season. We've just been together. We saw how it was last year and we wanted to change it up, create more of a bond."

MONSTERS ON THE BOARDS

Raptors coach Sam Mitchell has been lamenting his team's lack of success in rebounding for most of the year, but he has been quiet on that front for a little while.

"Chris (Bosh) has done it all year but now our guards are getting the long rebounds, we're getting the scrappy rebounds now," Mitchell said.

Mitchell singled out Kris Humphries for his work of late in that department.

"I think Kris Humphries, the light came on and hopefully it stays on for what we need him to do and that's run, rebound and defend," Mitchell said. "I tell him all the time if he does that his teammates will reward him with the ball because I'm not going to run any plays for him. If he runs and does all the work things he'll get rewarded."


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