Hoffa's status unknown

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:58 AM ET

Rafael Araujo still does not know how long his right shoulder injury will keep him sidelined.

The second-year Raptors centre, who was placed on the inactive list last Friday, is scheduled to see another doctor after the team returns to Toronto today.

ALL-STAR CONCERNS?

Raptors star forward Chris Bosh deserves to be in the all-star game next month, but he's not a shoo-in because of the team's poor record.

The team launched a campaign to try to get him voted in (which isn't going to happen) and now coach Sam Mitchell is letting it be known to the media how strongly he feels about the prospect of Bosh playing in Houston.

"I can see why our record would be held against us," Mitchell said. "But we've got more wins than some other teams do. If you look at where we'd be if we didn't have Chris, if he hasn't played like he's played, it would be a lot worse. He's very deserving. I don't see what else he can do."

Mitchell believes other coaches are well aware of Bosh's importance to the Raptors.

"I think all coaches who prepare against us understand exactly how talented and how good Chris is," Mitchell said. "It's unfortunate he doesn't get the national attention, probably because we're in Canada."

REGROUPING

Raptors general manager Rob Babcock isn't concerned about the team feeling too sorry for itself in the wake of Kobe Bryant's 81-point game Sunday night. After all, the team went through a brutal 1-15 November.

"These guys really have strong character and that's why they never quit or pointed fingers in that whole month of November when we were just getting kicked every night," Babcock said. "They are all embarrassed about (Bryant's game). I expect them to bounce back."

SAVE IT FOR SUMMER

Jalen Rose was asked if he has ever come close to matching Bryant's scoring exploits. Not in the NBA, of course, but summer ball is a different story.

"It (his summer career high) rivals that," Rose said.


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