Fatigue not a factor

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Chris Bosh was unstoppable for most of November. December has been another story.

The fatigue excuse -- after spending the better part of his off-season preparing for and then representing the United States in the Beijing Olympics -- is being tossed about but Bosh wants no part of it.

"No, you just go out and play basketball," Bosh said. "The fatigue factor -- I think that's people sometimes looking for excuses to give you but to me it doesn't matter. I still want to play basketball. I still want to win games."

And even if fatigue were a factor, Bosh knows it wouldn't matter to most.

"It doesn't help," he said. "Whether I'm tired or fresh, people are going to expect me to have the same output every night I step on the court. And if I am tired and I don't have a good game, people are going to ask me what happened. So it really doesn't matter."

Bosh said his drop in production and the subsequent dearth of wins for the Raptors this month is all about a team learning a new system.

"We show flashes of brilliance but we're working on putting the whole game together," he said. "We've had maybe one or two quarters a game of the kind of basketball we want to play and then those other two that we don't is when we're giving up leads."

In 14 games in November, Bosh averaged 26.4 points a night along with 10.2 rebounds. In the nine December games, heading into last night's game, he was at 18.1 points a night and 8.9 rebounds.

Head coach Jay Triano who knows Bosh as well as anyone in the Raptors organization would not rule out fatigue as a factor in Bosh's recent dropoff.

"If anything, I don't think it's a conditioning thing but maybe they're getting a little worn down," Triano said. "You look at the past summer for Chris (Bosh) and Jose (Calderon) and maybe there's a little, but they're professionals and they're playing hard. They are trying their best and that's all you can ask."


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