No rest for Rasho

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:46 AM ET

The worse this trip gets, the more that is being asked of Raptors centre Rasho Nesterovic.

Nesterovic, starting with Chris Bosh out of the lineup because of injury, played all but 23 seconds of the game against Sacramento last night and helped keep the Raptors in the game with 20 points.

What he will have left for tonight in Utah, when he will be matched up against Carlos Boozer, is anyone's guess.

Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell was almost apologetic after the game for having to ask as much as he has of Nesterovic.

"Rasho has been very consistent," Mitchell said. "You can't ask much more out of him. I had to play him a lot of minutes (last night) but he gave us a chance to win the game. Right now without (Bosh) he's like a stabilizing person back there."

BOSH II AT LSU?

Bosh is not a big follower of U.S. college basketball but he has heard about the LSU freshman that scouts and prognosticators have compared to him.

Anthony Randolph is a 6-foot-10, 200-pound player who also was born in Dallas.

Randolph averaged 15.6 points a game for the Tigers.

When scouts make the Bosh comparison, they invariably add that Randolph has to get a lot stronger before it's a good comparison.

But being left-handed, long, lanky and very quick for a big man is enough to make the comparison have some merit.

Bosh has heard of the kid and the comparisons but never has seen him play.

"I've tried to take in some LSU games but they don't get on TV that much if at all," Bosh said.

"Only thing is he went to a high school we used to smash back in the day. I don't know why he went there, but I won't hold that against him."


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