CB4 could miss four

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:26 PM ET

NEW ORLEANS -- Chris Bosh is likely out of the Raptors lineup this weekend and possibly until after the NBA all-star break.

The captain and leading scorer, who had not missed a start in 51 games this season, was a spectator at practice this morning after spraining his right knee, a condition that had been bugging him a few games until he took himself out of Wednesday's game against Los Angeles.

He will miss tonight's game here against the Hornets and likely Saturday in Memphis, which buys him five days to get ready for back-to-backs next week versus Minnesota and San Antonio that precede the break.

But there is no sense in rushing him.

"Obviously, I'd like to make sure he's healthy through the remainder of the season," coach Jay Triano said. "We have to look at the long-term picture, where we're going to be post-break. "I'm going to wait and see how he responds to treatments on a daily basis."

Bosh was not going to count himself out beyond this weekend. There are the league games and the team's precarious playoff hopes, though in the back of his mind, he'd also like to be ready for all-star weekend in Phoenix, where he is representing Toronto as a reserve.

"We'll take today and see how it responds," Bosh said. "I'm fine walking around, but during the game you're (running) and dealing with a lot of things. We're working on getting my leg a lot stronger than it is now.

"They (training staff) broke it down it down for me that if you don't pay particular attention to it, it could get a lot worse. I haven't had a free summer in three years, so that has something to do with it.

"I have my priorities in order. Will I be there next week? Yes, no matter (if he plays in Phoenix or justs shows up at the all-star festivities to wave the flag)."

Joey Graham will replace Bosh tonight, while Jose Calderon (hamstring) will play after sitting against the Lakers. Toronto will not have to face star Hornets' guard Chris Paul (mild groin strain) and possibly centre Tyson Chandler (ankle).


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