Raptors Watch

Frank Zicarelli

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

NO BULL ... BLOUNT ON FRONTCOURT LIST

There's talk of the Raptors adding a frontcourt player and talk that Jalen Rose soon will return from a hand injury.

Whether the Raptors do indeed pick up somebody -- the likely scenario involves recently waived Corie Blount joining the team -- general manager Glen Grunwald will have to shuffle bodies around to make everything fit.

Michael Bradley is eligible to come off the injured list tomorrow but the veteran admitted on the weekend that he isn't even hurt and yet the Raptors have buried him on the inactive list because of something called knee tendinosis.

If the Raptors do claim Blount, who recently played with the Chicago Bulls, Robert Archibald becomes one of the candidates to suddenly come up with some form of tendinitis.

Archibald has had three DNP-CDs in the team's past four games and hasn't hauled down more than two rebounds in a game in about a month.

Why he remains a Raptor is one of the many mysteries that continue to surround the club.

Why the likes of a Jannero Pargo and Dion Glover also were signed for the rest of the season are two additional questions that aren't easily answered.

Whatever the rationale and/or agendas at play, the Raptors are poised to do something, perhaps as early as today.

For the record, Grunwald could not be reached for comment yesterday.

PLAYOFF PUSH BEGINS

Rod Strickland joined the Raptors to play in meaningful games to determine playoff positioning and seeding.

The veteran point guard admits he watches the out-of-town scoreboard, glances at the standings and has looked at the schedules of every playoff-contending team.

"We have just as good a chance as anyone,'' Strickland said. "We just have to get it done. There are only 19 games left and this is the extended playoffs, the pre-playoffs."

Srickland has played in two games and practised for the second time yesterday with the Raptors.

In each game, he has been on the floor in the fourth quarter.

His veteran presence, ability to dictate tempo and get the ball to the right player in the proper spot haven't gone unnoticed by his new teammates.

"No matter who you play with or which team you play for, basketball is basketball,'' Strickland said. "There are basic concepts -- pick and rolls, down screens and cross screens. Everybody runs the same plays."


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