Bargnani better

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 8:46 AM ET

Chris Bosh is on his way back, and to hear Raptors coach Sam Mitchell tell it, Andrea Bargnani isn't far behind.

"Andrea is feeling better," Mitchell said. "He did some work (yesterday) and I think he's going to try to practise (tomorrow)."

Bargnani has a hyper-extended left knee but was doing some sprints following practice yesterday while the rest of this teammates were shooting free throws.

MOON'S GROWING PAINS

Jamario Moon's consecutive minutes streak without getting to the free-throw line is now at approximately 164 minutes. That's how long he has played since sinking two free throws in his only trip to the line Nov 30.

"He's putting the record out of reach," Mitchell said before taking some of the pressure off his 27-year-old rookie.

"He's got some growth to do. But look how many minutes we've had to play him since Chris (Bosh) got hurt. Jamario doesn't need to be playing 40 minutes a game. But if I can get him down to 27 or 28 a game, he'll be much better."

THINKING LONG TERM

Bosh wanted to come back from his groin strain and play on Wednesday when the Raptors got steamrolled by the Phoenix Suns. The training staff talked him out of it.

Mitchell said it was very hard to resist the temptation to bring back Bosh but he managed to talk himself out of it, even though he knew the difference Bosh could make in two tough games against Phoenix and the Boston Celtics.

"You have to look at it like that's two games compared to the 62 we have left," Mitchell said.

"As a coach you have to look at the big picture. You just have to. You can't risk a guy for a season for one or two games."


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