Donyell pulls up lame

BILL HARRIS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:59 AM ET

Raptors forward Donyell Marshall has been listed as day to day after straining his right hamstring.

However, the gambling community would be wise to err on the side of Marshall not playing tonight in Seattle, given how much pain he was in on Wednesday in Utah.

Marshall was running down the court on a two-on-one break when he felt his hamstring pop. As a pass thrown by Lamond Murray bounced off Marshall's body, he fell to the court, clutching his leg.

Marshall said his hamstring had started to tighten up a night earlier in Sacramento.

"Before the game (on Wednesday) we were working it out to see if I could go, and it felt like I could," Marshall said. "It's funny, the more I got into the game, the looser I got. But I guess it just got too loose and it ended up popping."

Marshall is in the final year of his contract, so the last thing he needs is any sort of lingering injury.

But as far as his team is concerned, this could be the first extended instance in which the Raptors' newfound depth will come in handy.

"A lot of people think we don't have this and we don't have that, and they are counting us out," Marshall said. "But we're 4-1 right now, and three of those wins came against teams that are expected to make the Western Conference playoffs (Houston, Portland, Utah).

"Our bench is playing great and we didn't have that last year. We had two people coming off the bench, and if they did something wrong, they got yanked real quick. We have a deep team this year."


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