It's wait and see

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 2:15 PM ET

Jose Calderon went though a vigorous workout yesterday and took part in the Raptors' practice but he would not say if he would be returning from a four-game absence to take on the Celtics this afternoon.

"It feels better but I have to wait and see how it is after this workout and how it feels (today)," Calderon said of his strained hamstring.

Head coach Jay Triano is leaving Calderon's return completely in the hands of the Raptors training staff.

"Jose wants to play but the training staff is going to do what they do," Triano said. "That's their job. They don't tell me how to coach and I'm not going to tell them what to do. I want Jose Calderon fit and healthy for the rest of the year and if that means another day or two, then that's what it will be. I will let the professionals do their jobs."

O'Neal less likely

Jermaine O'Neal has been working out the past two days but remains questionable for this afternoon's game at the Air Canada Centre.

"He's getting better but it's going to be a conditioning thing as well," Triano said. "He worked out yesterday and he's working out now. The swelling we have been able to control."

O'Neal has missed the past six games with a right knee bruise.

Bring your A game

Those 12:30 p.m. starts like today's require a little bit extra from everyone involved and Chris Bosh wants the Raptors faithful to know that it applies to them as well.

"I keep saying this but I still don't think our crowd knows how much of a difference they can make," Bosh said. "It's very hard to go into another building, let alone play against some rims and backboards you're not used to, but when the crowd is going crazy and stuff it just makes it very tough."


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