Raps monitor Jawai

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

There's active and then there's overactive and it's the latter the Raptors are keeping a close eye on when it comes to Nathan Jawai.

The rookie centre, who earlier this week was cleared to return to active duty, isn't wasting any time in his attempt to get back into game-ready conditioning.

Head coach Jay Triano described a weight training session the other day as an example of just how eager Jawai is to get back on the court and contribute.

"He was going from one machine to the next trying every single one," Triano said.

The concern is that he will go too hard, too quickly, and that he'll wind up hurting himself. But Triano said the team is watching him closely.

LEARNING THE ROPES

Heading into last night's game against Oklahoma City, Jake Voskuhl still hadn't played a game for the Raptors but his head coach said the new acquisition already was having an impact.

It's no secret the Raptors aren't exactly considered tough and if Voskuhl can add anything to that area of the Raptors game it would be most welcome. Triano was thrilled to see Voskuhl throwing his body around in practice on Thursday.

The only reason fans haven't already seen him on the floor -- he has had two consecutive DNP's -- is because he has been immersed in the Raptors playbook.

MR. POPULARITY

In Toronto, until recently, Joey Graham had been an all but forgotten man but down here in Oklahoma, he is fondly remembered. Morning shootaround produced four members of the local media who wanted to talk to the former Oklahoma State Cowboy. During his senior year, Graham averaged 17.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game for the Cowboys.


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