Will Bosh's thumb keep him out?

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:36 AM ET

MILWAUKEE -- Chris Bosh's status for the Raptors' next game, at the Air Canada Centre against the Miami Heat on Wednesday, is up in the air.

Bosh was forced to leave yesterday's game against the Bucks with 5:11 in the first quarter after he was accidentally kicked in the left thumb by teammate Pape Sow while the two went for a loose ball. Bosh had the thumb taped on the sideline, but retreated to the medical room at the Bradley Center for X-rays, which determined that he had a mild sprain. The Raps were up 18-14 at the time.

Bosh, who left with four points and one rebound, said afterwards that he is unsure whether he'll be able to practise this week or play against the Heat on Wednesday.

"I always like to give it at least one night's rest to see how it feels (before saying anything)," Bosh said. "If I can't go Wednesday, or I can't practise, we'll just have to take it one day at a time."

He said he wasn't angry about his freak injury.

"Stuff like that happens," he said. "My thumb just happened to be exposed."

If there was a silver lining to Bosh's injury, it was the way his frontcourt mate, Charlie Villanueva, stepped up. The rookie forward came through with a career game, 48 points, in Bosh's absence.

"He's got game, man," Bosh said. "After (yesterday), I think people will look at him more as a scorer and pay more attention to him, so we can free each other up as we grow up together (in the NBA)."

"Somebody had to step up," Villanueva said of Bosh's injury. "Things were going right for me, but I have to give a lot of credit to me teammates. They gave me the ball in the right places."


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