Sow making strong case

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:00 AM ET

Second-year centre Pape Sow is not exactly setting the NBA on fire, but the athletic forward, who is listed at 6-foot-10, but is closer to 6-foot-8, is making it tough for head coach Sam Mitchell to sit him back down.

When Rafael Araujo returns from the injured ranks (he has been suffering from a shoulder strain), Mitchell will have to decide whether to start Araujo again and sit Sow down, or come up with another game plan.

Sow recently returned from a stint in the NBA Development League, making his presence felt, with his athleticism under the rim as well as his hustle.

In the 124-123 overtime win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, Sow, starting at centre, picked up only two points and one rebound in 20 minutes, but he was strong on defence and had two blocked shots.

"He has got a lot of work to do, but one thing you know, he's coming," Mitchell said. "When he gets there, you don't always know what's going to happen, but he's coming. He's going to contest shots, he's going to try to take charges. He just has to be more aware of where he is on the court. The thing that's good about him is that he's going to bring you the effort, the energy.

"I don't need a guy to come out looking to score every night. I need a guy sometimes to come out and play defence, rebound, do the dirty work, take the tough fouls, set the picks. Those things are important, because they allow other guys to take shots."

Sow is too undersized to be a regular starting centre in the NBA, but Chris Bosh enjoys playing along side the Senegal native.

"He's real physical down low and he can block shots on the weak side," Bosh said.

MOM'S WATCHING

After being banished to the locker room for yelling at the officials on Sunday, the normally mild-mannered Bosh heard from his mom yesterday morning.

"She and and my grandmother watched the game at the same time, but my grandmother said, 'They're just picking on him. He didn't say nothing bad,' " Bosh said, with a laugh.

"My mom asked me what I said (to the ref) and I couldn't tell her."


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