Drills pick up with Moon back

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 7:34 AM ET

Jamario Moon's absence from practice lasted all of a day.

The sophomore small forward was back in action yesterday shaking off a strained Achilles that kept him out the day before and giving Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell enough healthy bodies to run some 5-on-5 drills for a change.

At least Mitchell was able to until late in the practice when Jason Kapono was involved in a collision and left to receive some treatment.

Mitchell did not consider it serious.

But the coach was happy with what he described as a "hard" two-hour practice from everyone involved.

"We did a lot of live stuff," Mitchell said. "We'll do it again (today) and then ease off (tomorrow), just review a lot of stuff and get ready to go play."

The Raps open the season on Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

JUST ENOUGH EGO

The loss of T.J. Ford and the addition of Jermaine O'Neal appears to be a wash in the ego department, but Mitchell believes the Raps have a better balance in that regard this year.

"We've got a lot of guys on our team whose egos are not the thing that drives them, which is a good thing," Mitchell said. "But you need a couple of egomaniacs, just a couple.

"I think Chris (Bosh's) ego is growing a bit. Jermaine, he has always had it."


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