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Raptors Watch

By FRANK ZICARELLI -- Toronto Sun

CURRY IS MISSED

Michael Curry, whose contributions to the Raptors aren't measured in points scored, rebounds or assists, was scheduled to undergo surgery to his right elbow yesterday.

Curry flew to Birmingham, Ala., where specialist Dr. James Andrews was expected to clear up bone chips and bone spurs that forced the veteran small forward to go on the injured list last Wednesday.

In 39 games for the Raptors, Curry has averaged 2.8 points but he imposes his will by leading and by banging against bigger opponents.

Despite the pain, Curry would often take shot after shot after practice to the point where he could no longer bend his elbow.

Despite playing with a bruised chest, he took two charges in a win over New Orleans that literally took the wind out of Curry.

Coincidence or not, but the Raptors have allowed their opponents to shoot 50% or better from the field in the past three games with Curry unavailable.

Prior to that recent stretch, the Raptors allowed two opponents to shoot 50% or better for the entire season.

Rookie coach Kevin O'Neill, who often asks Curry which plays to run, knew of the veteran's importance to the team but only now have people caught on.

CHRIS CROSSES BARRIER

Having succumbed to the dreaded rookie wall, Chris Bosh says he's feeling mentally and physically stronger, which is good news on a team in need of any inspiration.

"I'm taking care of my body and mentally I'm feeling strong," Bosh said. He was selected yesterday to play in the Rookie Challenge during the NBA all-star weekend.

Bosh is coming off Sunday's loss in Chicago when he recorded a double-double. He scored 23 points by attempting only 12 shots from the field.

Bosh said he experienced a losing streak last year at Georgia Tech and learned from it.

"It's just part of the game," Bosh said in reference to the Raptors' season-long five-game losing streak. "It's how you respond to it that makes you a better player."









Do you like the new-look Raptors heading into the 2013-14 NBA season?
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