Parker shows progress

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

Anthony Parker continues to wear a walking boot protecting his sprained right ankle, but he is seeing progress.

Parker said he is now able to jog in a straight line but has not yet tried any lateral movement and won't until the ankle feels a little more solid.

"I'm jogging so that's a good sign," Parker said. "I can't really give you a timetable for my return because I don't really know. I'm just doing my re-hab and trying to get better."

ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

For a team that relies on its outside shooting a good degree of the time, it's a tough call to say exactly how many three-point attempts are too many. Coach Sam Mitchell said the 31 three-pointers the team attempted in Friday's game had crossed that barrier but even he's not sure he wants his team to start shying away from taking open shots when they present themselves. Chris Bosh, who has not been getting to the line much at all in the past two games (he's had a combined 13 attempts in two games and just 24 in his past four). "You can't tell guys not to take open shots that they work on every day," Bosh said. "Sometimes you have to live or die with that."

Bosh said the Cavaliers were playing off him a good portion of the night giving him a lot of open looks. He was taking the shots and when a lot weren't finding the mark he got a little gun shy and starting passing off to teammates who weren't quite as open.

"I passed up a couple of shots and my teammates got on me saying keep shooting," Bosh said. "I'm going to listen to them."

SET IT UP ON A TEE

Mitchell was in one of his more cooperative media moods after Saturday's loss but every man has his limits. Asked by a Cavaliers reporter a meandering question that came out "How do you defend LeBron James at the charity stripe," Mitchell tried to give the young man a straight answer but just couldn't help himself.

"Next time he's at the free throw line and they let us change the rules we are going to pull the shirt up over his head," Mitchell said, drawing some laughs.


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