Williams should play

Mike Koreen -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

Raptors forward Eric Williams, who sprained his left ankle left Wednesday, looks like he'll be ready to go tonight against the Orlando Magic at the Air Canada Centre. Williams, who suffered the injury against the Golden State Warriors last Wednesday, participated in all drills yesterday in practice.

"We'll see how he feels (today)," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. "He's limping (a little), but most guys, they heal around 7 p.m."

NO GIMMES

Rookie centre Rafael Araujo sees one big difference between the NBA and the NCAA.

"You play with the best of the best every night," Araujo said. "It's not in college where you work so hard to play against the best team and then the next week you play a horrible team. There are no nights off. Every day is the best."

Because of those higher standards, along with a variety of other rookie factors, Araujo was a bit tense earlier this season.

"You come to practice and you don't want to make a mistake," said Araujo, who has started the past two games. "You want to come to practice and make everything perfect. You make mistakes when you think like this. You have to come here (relaxed) and just play basketball."

INSIGHT FROM OAK

One-time Raptors forward Charles Oakley, who wasn't afraid to criticize former teammate Vince Carter, thinks Air Canada could soar in New Jersey with the Nets.

Oakley, 41, told the New York Daily News he thinks Carter will thrive in the swamp.

"He has a chance to be an all-star player again," Oakley said. "(Jason) Kidd is going to make Vince a better player. But I'll tell you, Vince is another athletic player who is going to make Kidd better and he's going to make (Richard) Jefferson better.

"Kidd will take a lot of pressure off of him. New Jersey is a good place for him."

Oakley still has a regular workout schedule and would like to sign with a contending team.


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