Tonight's lineup anyone's guess

BILL HARRIS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

If everyone is healthy enough to play, Raptors coach Sam Mitchell plans to go back to his regular starters tonight.

Whether Vince Carter's queasy stomach and Loren Woods' dislocated finger co-operate remains to be seen.

Regardless, Mitchell will have to find five able and willing bodies to take the court for the opening tipoff when the Raptors visit the New Jersey Nets at Continental Airlines Arena.

Mitchell started only two regulars on Saturday in Cleveland. Two of the missing starters -- Rafer Alston and Woods -- were dropped because they were being punished for their emotional breakdowns the previous night, while Carter didn't play because of a case of food poisoning.

Carter did not participate in practice in New Jersey yesterday, but he is expected to play this evening.

"He's at the hotel resting," Mitchell said when asked about Carter yesterday. "I don't know. If Vince can't go, Mo (Morris Peterson) probably would start."

Woods, who dislocated the ring finger on his left hand during the Cavs game , said he's planning on playing tonight, but the truth is, he just doesn't know for sure.

WAIT AND SEE

"Not good," Woods responded to a general query about how his finger was feeling.

"It's still day-to-day. I'm planning on going (in tonight's game), but the trainer said we should wait and see how it feels (this morning).

"He said it's going to be really sore for a couple of days. But I heard Larry Bird say it once: Some guys can dislocate a finger and be out for four weeks, and some guys can play right away. So I'm going to try to be tough with it. I've played with pain before."

That said, Woods admitted he never has experienced pain like he did when he dislocated his finger.

"It was crazy," Woods said.

"When I saw it, I was shocked by how it looked (it basically was pointing in the wrong direction).

"I didn't even know what to do. I was just calling for the trainer like the trainer was my mom. I was like: 'Oh, please, put this back in.'

"I hate thinking about it. The whole flight here (to New Jersey), I was thinking about it. It was like the worst experience I think I've ever had. But I'll be all right."

Following the game this evening, the Raptors' six-game road swing will conclude in Detroit against the Pistons on Wednesday.


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