Injured Raptors on mend

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

The Raptors' walking wounded are starting to come back.

Rasho Nesterovic took part in the full practice yesterday and head coach Sam Mitchell said pending no setbacks this morning, Nesterovic would be back in the starting lineup tonight when the Raptors take on the Memphis Grizzlies.

Nesterovic has not played in a game since Nov. 14 when he sprained his right ankle. That came two games after he rejoined the starting rotation.

The Raptors began the year with Andrea Bargnani in the starting rotation but when it became apparent they were not getting much out of Nesterovic coming off the bench.

Bargnani has had some solid games in the starting rotation since Nesterovic went out, but he will return to the bench tonight assuming Nesterovic is good to go.

"He'll start again if he's ready to go," Mitchell said. "Most of those guys who come off the bench are energy guys and with Rasho you want to put him out there right after the warmup. Andrea is still young, so he still has got the body and the mental aptitude for it. He'll give us some offence and change things up. He gives us balance (in the second unit)."

Point guard T.J. Ford still was wearing a bandage on his thumb and while he said it continues to get better, he is unlikely to start tonight.

Ford has not played since last Tuesday when he suffered a stinger in a loss in Dallas. Jose Calderon has played in excess of 40 minutes a night in the three games since Ford went down.


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