Parker ready to play

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

The Raptors infirmary is starting to empty out once again.

Anthony Parker will be the latest to make his escape this evening after missing the past two games with a sprained right ankle.

Parker, who missed five games earlier in March with the ankle injury before re-turning it March 14th and missing another game, tweaked it a third time in practice last Monday.

He took part in the full practice yesterday and will play tonight in Boston.

"I felt good," Parker said of yesterday's practice. "I went through the whole practice and didn't favour it. It felt good in the offence. Defensively I'm still a step slow but it will come with time."

Parker said outside of strengthening the ankle, the best thing he can do is just forget he ever sprained it in the first place.

"I've injured it three times in the month so I've lost some strength and some of the explosiveness I had," he said. "It just takes time to get back.

"Every time you sprain it you become more vulnerable to doing it again. I just have to work on my balance and strengthen it as much as I can. There's really no control over it. The more you think about it, the more it's bound to happen again. You just have to go play."

Chris Bosh, who gave everyone a scare when he went down in Friday's win over the Denver Nuggets and left the game limping, didn't take part in the full practice yesterday but is expected to be in the starting lineup tonight.

Bosh did not return to Friday's game but would have had the game not been such a blowout.

MITCHELL LIKES LUKE

Head coach Sam Mitchell liked what he saw of newcomer Luke Jackson in his first practice with the team yesterday.

"He moves well," Mitchell said of the former Cleveland Cavalier who was signed to a 10-day contract out fo the NBA D-League yesterday. "He's not just a spot-up shooter. He can put the ball on the floor and get to the basket a little bit. Our whole thing is just take a look at him and see what we have."

Mitchell said he will not hesitate to use Jackson if the proper situation arises where the team was in foul trouble with one of its outside shooters.

Jackson said he's looking forward to playing with Raptors point guard T.J. Ford in particular.

"It's exciting for anyone who can shoot the ball to play with a guy like T.J.," Jackson said.


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