Raps searching for help

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

With the Raptors running into a slew of injuries, head coach Sam Mitchell said he and general manager Bryan Colangelo are looking into signing a player to a 10-day contract, and are scouting NBA Development League rosters.

Rookie point guard Jose Calderon has run into more problems. After missing games earlier this season because of a sore right heel, Calderon was a scratch last night because of left Achilles tendinitis. As well, centre Antonio Davis missed his eighth consecutive game because of back spasms. Davis did not travel with the Raptors to Philadelphia as he had "personal business" to attend to.

Mitchell is not counting on veteran guard Alvin Williams to be ready to play this year, even though Williams has said that he hopes to play. Williams has missed 59 games this season and all of last because of knee injuries.

"You'd like as many Alvin Williams on your team as you can," Mitchell said, adding that he can't plan on Williams being back even next season. "It's a bonus if you do (get him back), but you can't plan on it."

STEPPING UP

The Raptors braintrust wanted Chris Bosh to go hard to the basket this season, and it's obvious he is doing that.

After hitting 11 of 12 free throws last night against the Philadelphia 76ers, Bosh has converted 444 attempts from the charity stripe, surpassing Vince Carter's record of 436 during the 1999-2000 season.

"That was one of my main objectives, to establish myself as a marquee players," Bosh said. "That (stat) shows how aggressive you are."

Bosh takes great pride in going to the line.

"Anybody can just shoot a jump shot every time you get the ball, but it takes effort and energy to take it to the hole," he said.

AROUND THE RIM

Before last night's game, rookie forward Charlie Villanueva met with a group of children who suffer from Alopecia Areata, a disease that causes partial to total hair loss in children and adults. Villanueva, who also has the disease, has met kids with the disease in almost every NBA stop this season.


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