Raps a little banged up

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

Eric Williams does not want to be on the inactive list for long, but he's not raising a stink about his lot in life.

The veteran forward, who had a scope on his right knee in the off-season and played just one pre-season game, and forward Pape Sow, who has nursed a groin injury the entire pre-season, are the two Raptors on the inactive list heading into the season opener tonight against the Washington Wizards.

"I'm not quite 100%, but I've played through worse pain than I'm playing through now," Williams said. "I'm able to play. I did pretty good in the last pre-season game. I'm just going to take it day by day."

There is no injured list this season and players can be removed from the inactive list at any time. In previous seasons, players had to stay on the injured list for at least five games.

WHO NEEDS TICKETS?

Unless a big walkup crowd shows up, the Raptors will not have a sellout on opening night for the second time in the past three seasons. About 1,500 tickets remain.

"It's quite conceivable we'll be short of a sellout," said Tom Anselmi, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd.

NO ROSE-Y PREDICTIONS

Before last season, Jalen Rose wasn't shy about talking about his desire to play in the all-star game for the first time in his career. But he's keeping his lips sealed this season.

"I have no individual predictions," he said. "My individual prediction is just to be healthy, come out and compete every game and just get better and be more efficient."

Rose also wouldn't bite when he was asked who would win the NBA championship.

"It's hard for me to predict a champion when I got on my uniform," he said. "You catch me in my media mode, I may predict one for you."

STRANGE STATISTIC

While much has been made of the Raptors' youth movement, they have an older average age (27.0) than they did at the start of last season (26.5). Chalk that up the additions of Eric Williams and Aaron Williams in the Vince Carter trade.


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