Much ado about nothing

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

Chris Bosh believed far too much was being made of his family's friendly heckling of LeBron James in Sunday's loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

ESPN was putting the lion's share of the blame on the catcalls for waking up a previously dormant LeBron, when he scored 24 points in the fourth quarter, almost single-handedly delivering the win.

Bosh's family -- his girlfriend, his cousin and her brothers and sisters -- were having some fun heckling the struggling James who quickly turned the tables on them and had the last laugh.

Bosh said it was all in fun.

"They know LeBron," he said. "We all know each other and it wasn't anything personal. They were just having fun and I guess he had a really good game so he was able to gloat a little bit. It's nothing more than that. I saw a lot of people were trying to make a big deal out of it, but they probably don't know that we all know each other. We all talked after the game and everything was cool."

Bosh, though, said he might handle things a little different the next time LeBron and his family are in the same arena.

"I'll say it's probably best to leave him alone the next time," Bosh said.

BENCH NEEDS TO STEP UP

The Raptors' bench has been in a bit of a funk for the past three games.

All told, they scored just 11 points against Cleveland, had just five in a loss to Detroit last Friday and only seven in the win over New Orleans on New Year's Eve.

"They have to get out and run more," Mitchell said of the bench's falloff. "The starters ran and we had 13 fast-break points in the first half and then we only had three (in the second). We stopped running and gave them easy shots. We just have to get back to doing those things. Are you disappointed? Of course you are but those things happen."


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