Raps won't rush Bosh

LANCE HORNBY

, Last Updated: 8:13 AM ET

Chris Bosh likely won't play until Tuesday at the earliest and might be shut down until after the NBA all-star game. His sprained right knee cost him his first start in 51 games this season last night in New Orleans and will keep him out of this evening's match in Memphis as well.

"(The Raptors training staff) broke it down for me that if you don't pay particular attention to it, it could get a lot worse," Bosh said.

The knee had been bothering him a few days prior to taking himself out of the lineup during Wednesday's loss to the L.A. Lakers. He suspected that three busy summers, including playing for the gold medal American team at the Beijing Olympics, might have caught up to him.

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

If he misses next week's back-to-back games against Minnesota and San Antonio, it also is likely he'll curtail activities at the all-star game in Phoenix next weekend where he is an Eastern Conference reserve.

"I have my priorities in order," Bosh said.

Coach Jay Triano won't be rushing him.

"Obviously, I'd like to make sure he's healthy through the remainder of the season," Triano said. "We have to look at the long-term picture, where we're going to be post-break."

CALDERON RETURNS

Triano said there was no lingering issue with Jose Calderon's hamstring after he missed Wednesday's game.

"It was precautionary in a back-to-back situation," Triano said. "He had problems the day after games, so after a back-to-back it was pretty sore. We just thought if we gave him a day now, he'll be able to go right through the all-star break.


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