Will Raps miss Chris?

MIKE GANTER AND LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

There's never a good time to lose your best player for even a game, but if Chris Bosh were going to go down, now is probably the best time for it to happen.

The reasoning is that Jermaine O'Neal, based on his past two games, appears to have returned to the form he was showing around Christmas, before a bruised right knee swelled up on him and cost him a dozen games. In the past two games, O'Neal has a combined 42 points, nine blocked shots, and 17 rebounds.

While Andrea Bargnani will move into Bosh's power forward role, his departure will open up a spot for Joey Graham who is coming off back-to-back games in which he not only defended the two best players in the game in LeBron James and Kobe Bryant but put up decent offensive numbers himself.

Graham scored a career high 24 points in the loss to the Lakers and over the two games combined for 35 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

STILL CHASING

Jose Calderon's consecutive free throws run ended at 84, but there's another chase still on.

Having missed just once in 85 attempts this season, Calderon has been successful 98.8% of the times he has gone to the line. The one season mark for best free throw percentage in NBA history is held by former Houston guard Calvin Murphy who was good on 206 of his 215 attempts for a 95.8% success rate in the 1980-81 season.

Calderon likely will cross paths with Murphy in Houston on March 3 when the Raptors visit the Rockets. Murphy is very protective of his mark and isn't above causing a distraction from a court side seat.

FRANCHISE FIRST

For the first time in team history, the Raptors did not record a steal in Wednesday's game. Previously, they had a single steal three times.


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