Rose, Sow moving up the ladder

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

SEATTLE -- Jalen Rose and Pape Sow are back in the saddle, again.

Raptors coach Sam Mitchell returned Rose and Sow to their desired roster spots last night against the Seattle Supersonics.

Rose was back in the starting lineup, replacing struggling rookie Joey Graham, while Sow was given an active roster spot, two days after his callup from Arkansas of the D-League, with starting centre Rafael Araujo was out a right shoulder injury.

Conspiracy theorists will be out in full force, now that Sow is on the active roster.

But Araujo, who went for a second MRI yesterday and had dye injected into his shoulder, definitely is hurt and is scheduled for more testing today in Los Angeles. He was wearing a big bandage around his shoulder in the dressing room and there are fears of a tear.

Araujo said he has been playing in pain for a couple of weeks and figures to be out for at least the final two games of this five-game trip.

There was a minor controversy on Wednesday when general manager Rob Babcock called up Sow after Mitchell had said he had no playing time for him.

"It's just another opportunity for some other people to get a chance to play," Mitchell said. "That's why you have 12 guys on the roster."

Sow did not start last night. Matt Bonner did.

Rose, who finally appears to be rounding into form, made 15 starts earlier this season, but last night was his first since Dec. 3 when he filled in for then-injured Mike James.

"I think Jalen has played well and is doing the things we've asked him to do," Mitchell said.

"He has a little more experience on the floor. Maybe it will give (Graham) a chance to play against some second-line guys."

Mitchell also played down any friction with Babcock over the Sow callup.

"Rob and I get along fine," Mitchell said. "We talk all the time. I'm not going to lie and say we always agree.

"But I respect the fact he lets me do my job and he respects the fact I let him do his job."


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