Rebounding the key

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:03 AM ET

Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell acknowledged yesterday that his club needs to go on a major win streak if it wants to solidify home-court advantage for the playoffs. The longest winning streak of the season so far for the 18-17 Raptors has been four games.

"(But) we can't put one together until we start rebounding," Mitchell said. "We were 15-20 at this point last year. Everybody feels like we should have a better record, but if you look at the injuries ... I keep saying, you have to be thankful we are a game over .500."

The Raptors are averaging 40.94 boards per game, 23rd in the NBA.

In Wednesday's 109-96 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, the Raptors were out-rebounded 41-34. A major problem in that regard has been the work of starting centre Andrea Bargnani, who has averaged 2.25 boards in his past four games and 4.5 overall as a starter.

"It takes a while," Bosh said of Bargnani's lack of rebounding. "He has to be super aggressive. He just has to want to rebound and sometimes he's still stuck in that mentality that he'll be close, but he just won't take that extra step to go get it."

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His amusing video certainly did the trick.

In the past seven days, Chris Bosh has received 105,356 votes to play in the all-star game at New Orleans on Feb.17, but remains third among Eastern Conference forwards.

He still has no chance to being named as a starter. Among forwards in the East, Bosh, who has 516,669 votes, trails Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics (1,756,251) and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers (1,564,974).

A two-time all-star, Bosh was voted a starter last year. During the holiday season, he made a video encouraging fans to vote for him.


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