Bosh's defence tested

FRANK ZICARELLI

, Last Updated: 3:01 AM ET

Chris Bosh's defence has never come under scrutiny, which is understandable given how much he means to the Raptors.

Bosh isn't the greatest defender, but he isn't bad, either.

The Raptors like to switch on screens, forcing a big like Bosh to guard a small like Bulls guard Ben Gordon.

Such was the one-on-one matchup on the final possession of regulation in yesterday's wildly entertaining game.

All Bosh could do was keep Gordon in front of him, which he did.

But Gordon being the scorer that he is, he got his shot off just as the clock expired to send the game into overtime.

Coaches will live with contested shots, which is precisely what Bosh did against Gordon, who heaved 26 shots from the field to produce a game-high 37 points.

"We just had five or six seconds left and I just wanted to be aggressive,'' Gordon said. "My intentions were to get all the way to the basket, but Chris Bosh did a pretty good job of not letting me turn the corner, so I just had to pull up and I was able to connect."

Rose on the rise

Derrick Rose is a star in waiting.

The rookie is so quick that he can get to the hole in a blur.

The areas to his game that need improving are Rose's handle and decision making, which should evolve in time.

A missed uncontested layup and a costly turnover proved fatal in yesterday's loss to the Raptors.

"He's young and he's got to learn,'' rookie Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro said of his prized rookie point guard.

"The more we put him in those situation, eventually he'll start making a little bit more of those.

"I loved his aggressiveness and we got to convert."


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