Star power zapped

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:14 AM ET

There might be a little less flash and dash in the game between the Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at the Air Canada Centre.

Both of the teams' stars -- Chris Bosh of the Raptors and LeBron James of the Cavs -- had to leave games Wednesday night with injuries.

James suffered a sprained left index finger and though X-rays were negative, the Cavaliers said his participation tonight would be a game-time decision, the Associated Press reported.

Bosh tweaked his groin in practice on Tuesday and was feeling it in the Memphis game on Wednesday before sitting out the second half.

Bosh went for diagnostic testing yesterday.

Playing tonight would be unlikely for Bosh given the unpredictable nature of a groin injury.

Raptors fans can take some solace in the fact that it appears the knee injury Andrea Bargnani suffered Wednesday when he knocked knees with Stromile Swift is not serious.

Bargnani, whose knee swelled up after the collision, did not take part in yesterday's practice but he did go through some pretty strenuous drills afterward.

More importantly, Bargnani later played down the knee problem.

"It's no big deal, I'll be all right," said Bargnani, who was wearing a soft brace yesterday.

The news also looks pretty good for T.J. Ford who has sat out the past four games after he suffered a stinger on a Josh Howard drive last Tuesday in Dallas.

Ford practised with the team for the first time in more than a week and stayed late for some one-on-one drills with assistant coach Mike Evans. While his left thumb remains bandaged, Ford was sounding somewhat optimistic about playing tonight.

"It feels pretty good right now," Ford said.

"I'm still not sure about (tonight) but I'll see how it feels when I come to the arena. It's just a matter of me being comfortable."

Ford though, if he does play, says he would like to play his normal allotment of minutes. The only change might be in who starts.

"If I'm going to play, I want to play," Ford said. "I don't want to play 10 minutes. I want to be able to do the normal routine, how we normally play."

Jose Calderon, who has been stellar in Ford's absence, normally comes off the bench. But Ford acknowledged the roles might be reversed until he can get more practice time in.

"I wasn't able to get a real practice in so if I decide to play it would kind of be selfish on my part to come in and try to start," Ford said. "If I am able to play, I will just fill his role and we split minutes anyway, so playing time won't be an issue."


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