Diaw a great asset

FRANK ZICARELLI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:53 AM ET

For the second time in five days, the Raptors got an up-close look of Boris Diaw.

Diaw isn't the most athletic player and neither is he among the most explosive.

But his all-around game makes him coveted by virtually every team.

As the Raptors begin to re-do their roster, the need for a point-forward has become painfully obvious.

Acquiring such a player is no small feat given the paucity of skilled players in today's game.

Diaw was able to flourish in Phoenix when current Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo brought the Frenchman to the Suns in a deal with Atlanta in 2005.

In his first season with the Suns, Diaw was named the NBA's most improved player.

The Bobcats got their hands on Diaw earlier this season when Jason Richardson was traded to Phoenix in a multi-player deal that also fetched Charlotte the talents of Raja Bell.

Diaw began last night by making his first five shots from the field.

He was scoring on a variety of moves, including a jump hook.

When the Raptors tried to extend their defence, it was Diaw who was asked to bring the ball up court.

He's smart, versatile and efficient, qualities the Raptors lack.

Diaw ended the night by pouring in a season-high 30 points.

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Chris Bosh played with Vince Carter and would later assume the mantle of franchise player.

In last night's first half against the Bobcats, Bosh tied Carter's team record by making 14 free throws in a half.

Bosh made all 14 of his attempts from the line, including 12 in the second quarter, which also tied Carter's mark for most in a period.

Bosh made 18 free throws in a row before his first miss.


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