Learning on the job

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:43 PM ET

The morning after it was all very clear to Chris Bosh.

Having watched the Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki light up the Raps for 18 third-quarter points, including four threes in the final two minutes of the quarter, Bosh said the answer was a simple switch, only he, nor any one else opted for that at the time.

The Raptors practised defending the screen and roll Monday afternoon because they knew it was coming. The Mavs execution, though, was perfect and the Raps couldn't match their efficiency leading to those game-altering four triples.

"We should have just switched that," Bosh said. "In the heat of the moment we really didn't do a good job as players in recognizing that. They really don't have that many shooters but (Nowitzki) was picking and popping."

Head coach Sam Mitchell while agreeing the screen and roll is the "hardest thing in basketball to guard" said the Raps just messed it up.

"There's only so many things you can do (to defend it)," Mitchell said. "You can go under. You can trap it, you can show and go over or you can switch. There's no other way to play it. You have to be aggressive with it and decide which of those things you are going to try and if it's not work


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