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Bosh Unhappy With Toronto's Strategy

Dec 17, 2009 – 1:15 AM
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Tim Povtak

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Chris BoshORLANDO -- Chris Bosh is not happy with the Toronto Raptors. And that's not good for the Raptors.

Bosh, their franchise player who can leave as an unrestricted free agent this summer, was second-guessing the Raptors' strategy after getting drilled in back-to-back games by the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic.

"We make adjustments with teams before we play the game. That sends the wrong message to ourselves,'' Bosh said after losing to the Magic, 118-99, Wednesday night. "We practice all the time so we should trust our system. We need to go out there and play hard. If they beat us for one quarter doing the things we normally do, then okay. Now we can change it up.''

Bosh had 20 points, six rebounds and three assists, but his Raptors never seriously challenged in the second half against the Magic. The night before in Miami, they were beaten even worse, 115-95.

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"We're taking two steps forward and three steps back,'' Bosh said. "We're there some nights, but not there others. We've got to look ourselves in the mirror, and do what we're supposed to do. It's always talk, talk, talk -- but it's about action.''

The Raptors (11-17) have lost four of their last five games, struggling defensively night after night. They are allowing 108.3 points per game, which is 29th in the 30-team NBA. Only the Golden State Warriors are allowing more.

Although they can score almost as well as anyone, they can't seem to stop anyone. The Magic out-rebounded them, 42-31, Wednesday. The Magic blocked 14 shots, including eight by Dwight Howard. The Raptors didn't block any shots.

"We are all over the place (defensively) right now,'' Bosh said. "That usually happens when we lose a game because guys don't know what they are doing. We are not talking on defense, and all the things we can do to help ourselves out, we're not doing.''

Chris Bosh and Dwight HowardBosh's assessment is especially troubling for the Raptors because keeping him happy will be key to keeping him in Toronto this summer. There are several teams, like the Heat, Knicks, Nets, and possibly Bulls, who are prepared to bid for his services this summer.

Bosh already has said he will be exploring his options this summer. He played last summer on the Olympic team with All-Stars like Dwight Howard (Magic), Dwyane Wade (Heat) and LeBron James (Cavaliers), and the prospect of playing alongside another All-Star in the NBA is something that intrigues him.

"Anytime you have another All-Star, it makes things easier. That would be fun,'' Bosh said after Wednesday's game. "I don't know if it would work with Dwight. We're both in the post, and we might be in each other's way. We both demand the ball. He (Wade) is a guard. That would be different.''
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