Alvin stays strong

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

He has had four surgeries on his chronically sore right knee, but Alvin Williams does not believe his career is over.

The Raptors point guard said yesterday he expects to be playing at the beginning of next season, despite having career-threatening microfracture surgery in November.

"I'm so used to playing with pain, so pain isn't the biggest issue," Williams said. "I just want to make sure my knee is responding because I took this much time off getting surgery. I hope it was worth it. That's my biggest thing, I just want to be ready by October."

Williams, who has started running a bit, had an MRI Monday and is expecting results today.

"I'll be all right," he said. "The doctor told me it's 90% mental. I've got a strong mind and my rehab is coming along right. You've just got to be positive that everything will work out. The doctor says you have good days and bad days. It hurts more on some days and swells up ... but you just have to make sure you do the right things for your rehab. You can't have any setbacks mentally."

PAPE FOR EVERYONE

Little-used Raptors rookie forward Pape Sow can expect to receive a significant amount of playing time in the final nine games of the season. He tied a season-high with 13 minutes against the Detroit Pistons Friday, but don't be surprised if he tops that mark in the next few games as the team tries to give him a fair evaluation.

"My main concern (apart from winning) is trying to find Pape minutes," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. "Finding minutes where he can be productive and not just throwing him out there in any situation against people he'd have a difficult time guarding."

Sow is excited about the opportunity.

"Coach was always talking to me saying you have to keep working because you never know when you're going to get your playing time," Sow said. "When you get it, you've got to prove (he can play). I think I've earned it."


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