Jawai watches Raptors drop opener

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:13 AM ET

The biggest disappointment for the Toronto Raptors in opening action at the Las Vegas Summer League yesterday wasn't the 92-83 loss to the Sacramento Kings.

It was that rookie centre/forward Nathan Jawai was unable to play because of a groin strain, suffered three weeks ago during draft workouts.

The 6-foot-10, 287-pound Jawai signed a two-year deal with Toronto on Friday, but is not yet ready to play, although team officials are hoping that he will be ready for some action in tomorrow's game against the Denver Nuggets, back at the Cox Pavilion.

Jawai averaged 17.7 points and 9.6 rebounds with the Cairns Taipans of the Australian Basketball League.

Joey Graham, who has played three seasons in the NBA with the Raptors and is leading the squad in this year's Summer League, scored a game-high 24 points yesterday while pulling in eight rebounds.

Forward Hassan Adams, whom the Raptors signed to a one-year deal last week to help shore up the club's defence, scored nine points, with four assists and three steals. Starting centre Deji Akindele, a member of the Nigerian national team, had 13 points and seven boards for the Raptors.

Forward Joel Bosh, the brother of Raptors all-star Chris Bosh, is on the Toronto roster for the Summer League, but did not play yesterday.

"I have not seen Joel play, but we've heard some good reports on him from various people," Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo said of Joel Bosh. "I do know that he is a very nice young man and we thought it would be a nice gesture to have him here with us and get him some exposure. But there were no promises or assurances that he would make the final roster."

Bosh, 22, played four seasons at Alabama State, helping the Hornets reached the NCAA tournament in 2005, and win the Southwest Athletic Conference regular season championship in 2008.

Guard Jaycee Carroll, whom the Raptors signed on to play in the Summer League on Friday, scored 14 points in just more than four minutes.


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