Bosh will play in pain

STEVE BUFFERY

, Last Updated: 12:56 PM ET

Chris Bosh was in the lineup last night despite missing most of Thursday's practice with a sore right knee.

Bosh has been banged up all season, first with a sore left heel, and now the sore knee.

"I don't know what it is," he said yesterday, following the team's morning shootaround at Philips Arena. "But there's no swelling, that's the good thing about it."

Bosh said he'll play regardless of any pain, as long as there's no risk of further damaging the knee.

"It's not hindering anything, so that's the good thing. It's just sore," he said. "But I ain't no little girl. I'm a player.

"We're trying to make the playoffs. Ain't got to time to sit out now."

NOSHING WITH SAM

Head coach Sam Mitchell had most of the Raptors players and coaches over at his Atlanta home for American Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday. In fact, the team bus went straight from the airport upon landing in Atlanta to the house.

"It seemed like they enjoyed it," Mitchell said. "It wasn't mandatory. Freddy (Jones) and Joey (Graham) have family here, so they didn't come, and Rasho (Nesterovic) has friends. But everyone else seemed to enjoy it (including the Europeans)."

Mitchell said Italian rookie Andrea Bargnani tried all the different foods that make up a traditional, southern Thanksgiving feast.

"I said, 'Andrea, you got to get some Italian soul food.'"

MO FROM MO

Swingman Morris Peterson, who had his NBA Ironman streak snapped at 371 games when he was unable to play against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, hopes to be back in the lineup next week. Peterson is suffering from a partial tendon tear in his left elbow.

"It's feeling a little better, starting to settle down, but it's going to take a little time to heal," he said.

The new NBA Ironman is Atlanta's Joe Johnson who played in his 367th consecutive game last night against the Raptors.

The crack Raptors media relations staff came up with this interesting tidbit.

The last time Peterson did not suit up for the Raptors game (prior to last Wednesday's game), the starting lineup consisted of Antonio Davis, Tracy Murray, Eric Montross, Chris Childs and Alvin Williams.


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