Davis might have come in handy

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:34 AM ET

The Raptors really could have used Antonio Davis yesterday in a 115-113 loss to the L.A. Clippers.

Chris Kaman, the starting centre for Los Angeles, had one of his biggest games of the season, picking up 16 points and 15 rebounds. He was matched up against undersized Raptor Pape Sow for much of the game.

If he had been matched up against the powerful Davis, whom the Raptors acquired in a trade from the New York Knicks on Friday, the outcome may have been very different. On several plays, Sow, who is listed at 6-foot-10 but is at least two inches shorter, could not contain the 7-foot Kaman.

Davis is not expected to show up in Toronto until today or tomorrow.

The Raps traded Jalen Rose for Davis and Rose suited up as soon as he could for his new team, picking up 16 points and 11 assists for the Knicks yesterday in a 93-89 loss to the Houston Rockets.

Davis reported for a physical on Saturday, but returned to New York to pack some clothes, then went home to Chicago to be with his family, apparently not that interested in coming to Toronto any time soon.

Raps coach Sam Mitchell was not amused yesterday when asked if having Davis in the lineup against the Clippers would have made a difference.

"I don't know," Mitchell growled. "He wasn't here."

Raptors power forward Chris Bosh was certain that Davis could have made the difference.

"I think we're not big enough to make guys like Kaman and Elton Brand tired down the stretch," Bosh said. "When you bang with a big body like Antonio for 40 minutes, you tend to wear down a little bit more. I'm sure he is going to bring a lot of physical play to this team."


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