Bosh keeps up streak

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

Make it four years in a row for Raptors forward Chris Bosh with at least one Player of the Week award.

Bosh got the nod for his efforts this past week when the Raptors went 3-for-3 in the win column thanks mainly to Bosh averaging 33 points, 8.7 boards and two blocks per game.

Bosh previously won the award for the weeks of March 26 -- April 1, 2007, Jan. 30 -- Feb. 5, 2006 and Jan. 3-9, 2005.

READY FOR DETROIT

Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell isn't expected to get fooled in Detroit when the Raptors play tonight.

"We just played Detroit last week and saw them play again Sunday night," Mitchell said. "Detroit is not going to fool you. We know what they are going to do. The only issue is going to be can we stop them. You have to score against Detroit. We just can't let them make us play the way they play. We can't play against their half court defence all day. We have to get some easy baskets."

LESSONS FROM SUNDAY

As big as the double overtime win on Sunday over Portland was for the team record, Mitchell believes it sends a strong message to his players.

"We showed a lot of toughness, a lot of poise, a lot of character," Mitchell said. "It's good to know that the players, when they're in a tough game, they know they can win."

BULLS HIT THE BULLS-EYE

Mitchell was pleasantly surprised when he learned Chicago Bulls players had taken a team vote and decided rookie Joakim Noah's one-game team suspension for verbally abusing an assistant coach was not sufficient and requested the team sit him for a second game.

"For players to feel that strongly about it to take another game cheque away from a guy, something else had to have happened," Mitchell said. "I respect the honesty of those players. It tells me they are beyond that (stereotype) that the coach is always wrong."


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