Earlier this season, Chris Bosh politely asked the media to stop asking him if he was frustrated. No one had to ask yesterday.
The Raptors star let his feelings be known loud and clear, publicly calling out Jamario Moon for allowing NBA all-star Joe Johnson a direct line to the basket in the final two minutes yesterday. Moon then topped things off when he threw up an ill-advised, not to mention unsuccessful, three-point shot at the beginning of the shot clock with his team down by one on its way to an 87-84 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, who were missing two starters yesterday.
That's six losses in a row for the Raptors (16-27).
With 1:46 to go, the Raps had a two-point lead. Moon -- and this is what got Bosh's ire up -- allowed Johnson a straight line to the basket, forcing Moon to come over his back and foul as Bosh stepped in the lane to help.
Bosh scolded Moon like a parent scolds his 10-year-old and was not the least bit apologetic about it afterward.
"We're up by two points," Bosh said. "Watch the film. He gives him a straight line to the basket. Joe Johnson. All-star. Whatever you want to call him, one of the best players or two-guards in the league and you give him a straight line. You can't."
Bosh is past the point of worrying about teammates' feelings.
"Yeah it's time, because we are running out of time," he said. "We didn't play with much urgency in the first half. Hopefully, that will pick up in the second half. I know we are only two games in, but we have to do it now or we're going to be watching the first round of the playoffs."
Johnson had 28 points for the Hawks. Mike Bibby added 23 and Josh Smith had 22 points and 14 rebounds for Atlanta, who were missing Fs Al Horford (bone bruise, right knee) and Marvin Williams (concussion).
Bosh had 22 points and 14 rebounds, while Andrea Bargnani had 20 points and grabbed 10 boards.