Parker awaits X-ray results

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

Anthony Parker hobbled off the practice floor yesterday in a boot cast on his way for a checkup.

The Raptors guard rolled over on his ankle in Monday's game against San Antonio when he came down on top of Spurs forward Bruce Bowen's foot.

Initial X-rays in San Antonio proved negative but he was on his way to have further diagnostic testing done yesterday in Houston.

Parker wasn't sure how serious the injury was yesterday as he stopped on his way to the appointment to talk with the Toronto media.

"I don't know, we're going to wait and see," Parker said. "It's still within the first 24 hours. We're just going to keep an open mind and treat it but I don't have any specific time frame right now. I've rolled it a couple of times this year already and this is a little bit more severe than those other times, but we'll just have to see."

Considering he wasn't putting his full weight on the ankle yesterday, although he was walking on it, there's little chance he will play in tonight's game against the Rockets.

Head coach Sam Mitchell had still not made up his mind as to who would take Parker's place in the starting five.

"It will either be Mo (Peterson) or Juan (Dixon) and the only reason I'm even considering Juan is our bench has been pretty good the way it is," Mitchell said. "Right now Andrea (Bargnani) and Mo and those guys play well together. But then I like Mo being a couple of inches taller (than Dixon) defending (Tracy) McGrady. But I really just haven't decided."

Peterson has not been at 100% the past couple of days. He has been unable to keep food down.

The nausea came on Sunday and while he played through it on Monday night, Peterson was still munching on crackers and sipping Gatorade yesterday. He hadn't had a full meal since Saturday night.

Forward Jorge Garbajosa, who twisted his knee in the same game, was back at practice yesterday and will play tonight.

FOND MEMORIES OF RASHO

At least one Raptor left San Antonio with his pride intact.

Centre Rasho Nesterovic played three seasons with the Spurs before being dealt to Toronto last June.

Nesterovic scored a season-high 16 points and pulled down nine boards in a 107-91 loss to his old club.

Tim Duncan, who was defending Nesterovic most of the night, unsuccessfully tried to pass the blame elsewhere.

"We calculated it and he scored two on me and 14 on other people," Duncan was quoted as saying. "Not that I keep track, I don't actually look at stats, but that's what I heard."

Bowen was having none of that.

"Tim was out there on an island the whole night and Rasho gave it to him like he did at practice every day here," Bowen said.


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