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Raptors Watch

By STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

OAKLAND -- NEXT GAME FOR CURRY

Michael Curry, who underwent surgery to remove bone chips and spurs from his right elbow on Jan.27, will be in the lineup against the Phoenix Suns tomorrow night.

Raptors coach Kevin O'Neill has said time and again that his team misses Curry's defensive play in a huge way and the coach can hardly wait to regain Curry's leadership and tenacity on the court.

"I could have played (last night) but I wanted a couple more days for conditioning," Curry said. "I'm really glad that I'll be able to get in some games before the all-star break. I didn't want to have to come back after the break."

Trade rumours of swirled around the Raptors all season, and the latest one has Curry, Michael Bradley and Morris Peterson heading to Washington for centre Brendan Haywood and forward Christian Laettner -- a rumour that made O'Neill squirm.

"I won't make that ultimate decision, but if anyone asks me about trading Mike Curry, I would be totally against it," he said. "But obviously I don't ultimately make any of those decisions."

Bradley, who has not played this season because of right knee tendinosis and surgery late last year, said again last night that he is just about ready to play, and now it's up to O'Neill and GM Glen Grunwald to activate the third-year forward.

ADMIRATION SOCIETY

Last night was a reunion for O'Neill, who got to see Warriors forward Clifford Robinson. The two spent the last two seasons together with the Detroit Pistons and, to say the least, O'Neill is still a big fan. In his 14 seasons in the NBA, Robinson has never missed the playoffs.

"I would like to have Cliff Robinson on any roster I ever coach, anywhere," O'Neill said. "He's a winning player in every way. If I was coaching mini basketball and Cliff was 55, I still think he would find a way to help us. But I don't have any visions of grandeur that Cliff's going to end up on our roster. He's a tough, winning hard-nosed player. He understands the game. Cliff Robinson is one of my, not just favorite players, but favorite people, ever."

AROUND THE RIM

Tomorrow's game in Phoenix will mark the Raps first and only broadcast on the TNT network.









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