Sore Bargnani back at it

MIKE KOREEN

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

It was a good news-bad news day on the Raptors injury front.

On a positive note, rookie centre Andrea Bargnani practised yesterday after missing a 93-90 loss Friday in Chicago against the Bulls with a back injury and reported improvement.

But star forward Chris Bosh missed practice to see a doctor after hurting his left knee -- he already was playing with a sore right knee -- in Chicago. Bosh is questionable for a home game today against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Bargnani will be a game-day decision, but seems to like his chances.

"It feels much better," Bargnani said. "I can do my exercises and it's just better ... I'll wait to (today), but I think so (he'll play). (Yesterday), I (felt) good."

The left knee problem for Bosh comes in the wake of the right knee injury, an eye infection and a heel problem. Still, he hasn't missed a game this season.

"One thing after another," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said.

"You can tell he's not 100% from the w ay he's playing. You've got to give him credit. He's trying to play and has played through it."

NO RUST REPORTED

Swingman Morris Peterson returned Friday night in Chicago after missing seven games with a left elbow injury and then dressing but not playing Wednesday in Cleveland against the Cavaliers.

Peterson missed a potential tying three-pointer in the dying seconds of a 93-90 loss, but scored 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting.

"I didn't feel rusty," Peterson said. "One thing about this league is you've got to be prepared when they call on you. That was in my mind throughout the whole process of me being hurt."

BRIEFLY

Raptors swingman Anthony Parker, who made his mark playing professionally in Israel the past five seasons, helped light a menorah with members of the Israeli consulate yesterday to celebrate the coming Jewish holiday of Hanukkah ... The home game today against Toronto's Jamaal Magloire and the Blazers is Canada Basketball Day. Along with other activities, Magloire will meet with 40 children from Scarborough community centres before the game.


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