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News » Toronto Raptors Getting Inside 2008-03-24


Toronto Raptors Getting Inside 2008-03-24


Toronto Raptors Getting Inside 2008-03-24
Chris Bosh has had enough and has lashed out at his teammates for the same problem that's dogged Toronto all season.

"The thing that bothers me in the end of the games is (we're) just too hesitant," Bosh said after Toronto lost to Denver on Sunday. "If I give up the ball, guys just have to go ahead and rely on their talent.

"I think we hesitate too much and think about it too much. We just have to play basketball down the stretch because we don't worry about it in the first three quarters, so why worry about it in the fourth?"

The final moments yesterday illustrated Bosh's concern. On the three possessions after Denver tied the game 98-98, Toronto got an ill-advised three-point attempt by Jamario Moon that missed, Bosh was stripped by a double-team trying to drive the ball on the baseline and Anthony Parker's entry pass to Bosh was picked off.

It is exactly the kind of passive play Toronto's demonstrated regularly this season and will continue to be the team's downfall unless it's corrected.

And with the Detroit Pistons in Toronto on Wednesday in Toronto's next game, another loss is almost a certainty if the Raptors don't play better.

NUGGETS 109, RAPTORS 100: Unable to convert three crucial possessions in the final 2 1/2 minutes, the Raptors fell to 35-35 on the season.

Allen Iverson made two free throws with 2:31 left to tie the game 98-98 and all Toronto could get was a Jamario Moon three-point attempt that missed badly. On the subsequent possession, Carmelo Anthony pump-faked Moon into a foul with 1:53 remaining and his two free throws put the Nuggets ahead.

Then Toronto's Chris Bosh was stripped driving the baseline on Toronto's next possession before an Iverson three-pointer gave the Nuggets a five-point lead with 1:17 left.

The Raptors then committed a turnover on their next possession -- Anthony Parker's entry pass for Bosh was picked off -- and the game was effectively over and Kenyon Martin made two foul shots.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 24, 2008

 

 
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