Guarded optimism

FRANK ZICARELLI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:36 AM ET

Until he sees the Raptors playing like they practise, Chris Bosh is going to reserve judgment.

In the past, Bosh has seen the team gather for its workout and practise with purpose and intensity.

Come game time, that same focus and assertiveness is nowhere to be found.

That is why Bosh isn't putting any stock in the way the Raptors went about their business yesterday, a day following their 30-point debacle in Gotham.

"Obviously I want us to practise well, and I think that's very important, but we have to transfer it into games," Bosh said.

"I'm not paying any attention in how we're doing in practice anymore. I pay attention to what we do in games.

"I mean, we've had great practices and gone out and got smashed."

Bosh has no theories as to why habits that are refined in scrimmages aren't carried over when the ball gets tipped for real.

"We're capable, but I don't know why we don't do things in games that we do in practice. We just have to stop thinking about it and start doing it."

IN MEMORY OF MILLER

Injured Raptors forward Kris Humphries was saddened at the news of the death of Larry Miller, owner of the Utah Jazz who died Friday from complications of type 2 diabetes. He was 64.

Humphries played for the Jazz and got to know Miller.

"He was a very involved owner,'' Humphries said. "We talked basketball and you'd see him a lot at games.

"He was excited after a win and upset after a loss."

Humphries sent Miller a get-well card earlier this season when Miller's health took a turn for the worse.

"My condolences go out to his family,'' Humphries said. "I met his wife (Gail) and I saw her at games."


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