Raptors getting tougher

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

This time there was no hesitation.

Chris Bosh was knocked down and the Raptors bench rose as one.

Instead of coaches Jay Triano and Alex English leading a shameful two-man charge out on to the floor to defend their captain, it was assistant Marc Iavaroni trying to hold back an entire bench and avoid the technical that goes to anyone entering the playing surface from the bench.

The object of all that pent-up anger was Amare Stoudemire, who threw Bosh to the court with a hard foul as the Raptors forward drove to the basket in the second quarter. There was no taunting by Stoudemire as Paul Pierce did the other night in Boston when he caught him with an accidental knee to a delicate area and then stood over him taunting the fallen Raptor. But this time, there was a response from Bosh's teammates which was completely different than the other night.

BETTER REACTION

"That's how the reaction should be," Triano said. The coach admitted the Raptors response the other night did get mentioned, but sounded almost ashamed it had to be.

"Honestly, I don't think you should have to talk about stuff like that," he said. "That should be part of your fabric."

Bosh actually played down the foul.

"It wasn't even that hard. Everyone is like 'Oh my God' but it was a foul. If I was in the same position I would do the same thing."

Bosh stopped short of suggesting he might go to the league office to have Stoudemire's flagrant foul rescinded.

"No I wouldn't say that," he said. "The call was the call. But if you don't have a play on the ball when they're going to score two points, you foul."

Bosh, though, was happy with the support from his teammates.

"I guess everyone is more attentive to that now that it has been made a big deal," he said. "The reaction was good."

MIKE.GANTER@SUNMEDIA.CA


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