Bosh still hurting

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

That sore right knee that is keeping Chris Bosh out of the lineup remains as sore today as it was last Friday night when an MRI revealed no structural damage.

The Raptors' franchise player was in street clothes for a third consecutive game last night in Miami and barring a sudden change, will be for a while longer yet.

How long? Not even Bosh can say for sure.

"Shoot, when I'm pain-free," he said. "I think it's too early (to pinpoint a return date). I'm still waiting for it to start progressing. It's the same old."

Bosh has been down this road before, waiting for an injury to heal and knows that outside of getting his treatment only time will do the healing.

"It takes time, but I'm used to these things taking time," he said. "I just have to be patient and make sure I do the right things so when the time comes I'll be ready."

Initially, the word in the Raptors locker room was a three-game absence which would have meant a return tomorrow against Washington. But based on yesterday's update, the three games was probably a little optimistic.

Given the Raptors status - firmly in fifth in the conference, 11/2 games behind Cleveland and three games clear of Washington in sixth - it makes sense that the Raptors take their time with Bosh and make sure he's completely 100% before he returns.

Garbo update

The crutches are gone and while not free yet, Jorge Garbajosa feels a lot better about his situation.

Garbajosa is on the court daily with the team, not yet running, but walking without any aids and is putting up about 200 flat-footed shots a day.

In the pool, he's able to work on strengthening the muscles in his lower leg which have not been used since his second surgery back in December.


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