ATLANTA -- Earlier this season Chris Bosh politely asked the media to stop asking him if he was frustrated.
No one had to ask yesterday.
Bosh let his feelings be known loud and clear, publicly calling out Jamario Moon for allowing NBA all-star Joe Johnson a direct line to the basket in the final two minutes yesterday. Moon then topped things off when he threw up an ill-advised, not to mention unsuccessful, three-point shot at the beginning of the shot clock with his team down by one on its way to an 87-84 loss.
In fairness, this loss wasn't all on Moon, but his last two minutes won't be shown at any how-to basketball clinics unless the topic is blowing a late lead as the Raps dropped another winnable one.
That's six losses in a row for the Raptors, a new high for this year. They now are 11 games under the .500 mark and four games out of the eighth and final playoff position in the conference.
With 1:46 to go, the Raps had a two-point lead as the Hawks came downcourt. Moon -- and this is what got Bosh's ire up -- allowed Johnson a straight line to the basket, forcing Moon to come over his back and foul as Bosh stepped in the lane to help.
Bosh scolded Moon like a parent scolds his 10-year-old and was not the least bit apologetic about it afterwards.
"We're up by two points," Bosh said, controlling his impatience with the media far better than he did with Moon. "Watch the film. He gives him a straight line to the basket. Joe Johnson. All star. Whatever you want to call him, one of the best players or two-guards in the league and you give him a straight line. You can't. That's the mental thing we are talking about. We're up by two. If he scores over you what are we going to say? If he hits the jump shot and you contest as good as you can what are we going to say? But don't give him a straight-line drive. He's too talented for that. He's too good for that and that's what made me upset."
Bosh clearly has reached the point where he's well past the point of worrying about hurting feelings.
"Yeah it's time, because we are running out of time," he said. "We didn't play with much urgency in the first half. Hopefully that will pick up in the second half. I know we are only two games in but we have to do it now or we're going to be watching the first round of the playoffs eating popcorn.
"I want to play in the post-season. I want to have the chance to play for a championship. That's all I've been thinking about since last year and we have to reward ourselves. We are not giving ourselves a chance. Simple fact of the matter is we have to do a better job."
On the Johnson drive, Moon said he was simply forcing the all-star to his weak hand.
On the three-point attempt with 35 seconds remaining, Moon said he simply missed.
"I had just made one before that and Anthony Parker came down and gave it to me in rhythm, I thought it was good," Moon said. "I guess everybody's upset, but it was an open shot. Anybody could have missed an open shot. You have to live with it."
Bosh's issue is that no one is considering the circumstances before they make these plays. A little forethought and Bosh is convinced the Raps can cut down on these mental lapses that are costing them so dearly.
"We shoot ourselves in the foot every game," Bosh said. "It has been going on for a week now and we're in every game and we shoot ourselves in the foot.
"We're in the game, but we have to make the right plays and just be in the right spots. Hey, if we drive and kick and the guy misses the shot, what are we going to say? We're not going to say anything. We just have to give ourselves a chance."
And not that it needs to be said again, but a frustrated Bosh, heading into his walk year, is about as bad as it can get for this franchise.