MoPete: Bosh no iron man

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

Morris Peterson might have been the only Raptor with a tiny grin on his face when the team announced all-star Chris Bosh will be out indefinitely with a sprained left thumb.

Peterson now knows Bosh will have to re-group to catch his NBA-high consecutive games streak. Bosh had played 87 consecutive games before suffering the injury, while Peterson leads the league with 349.

"I was teasing him about that," Peterson said. "I was saying, 'Come on Chris. Man you said you're going to try to catch me in the consecutive games streak. Now, you're starting over again.' "

Bosh has missed just eight games in his three-year NBA career. He sat out seven in his rookie season (three with a sprained right ankle and four with a sprained right knee) and one last season with a bruised lower back.

NO BIG DEAL

Soft-spoken 10-day contract signee James Lang will make his debut with the Raptors tonight and the 6-foot-10, 285-pound forward could be pressed into duty with the injury to Bosh.

"No pressure on me," said Lang, who spent time dominating the frontcourt with Raptors forward Pape Sow in the D-League with Arkansas earlier this season. "I know what I have to do. Just work hard and give coach everything I've got."

GATOR PRIDE

Raptors forward Matt Bonner, a one-time Florida Gator, isn't on the George Mason bandwagon.

Bonner's beloved Gators are playing America's great underdogs Saturday at the Final Four in Indianapolis. With Bonner carrying a Gators T-shirt yesterday, a reporter shouted out, "George Mason, great story."

Bonner held his shirt out proudly and said, "Better story. All sophomores."

CATCHING A BREAK

With Bosh out and the Miami Heat (tonight) and Phoenix Suns (Friday) as the Raptors' next opponents, the situation looked bleak. But there was a bit of good news yesterday when the Suns announced star forward Amare Stoudemire will return to the sidelines for at least another week because of a left knee injury that kept him out for 66 games.


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