Chris Bosh didn’t practice.
He admitted he was still feeling pain in his ankle. He didn’t come right out and say Wednesday’s game was out of the question but he may as well have.
“I’m bored,” Bosh said looking every bit the part on Monday.
Bosh could still make a quick recovery. He could practice Tuesday and declare himself fit for action on Wednesday when the Raptors host Portland, but that appears unlikely.
“I’m not sure; I’m still in a little pain right now,” Bosh said. “We’re fortunate enough to have a few days in between games and we’re being really aggressive with the treatment and we’ll see how it is Wednesday.”
His practice yesterday, in his own words, consisted of “Walk around, sit down, shoot free throws. Yeah, I’m bored, man.”
Helping ease that boredom is the fact that his teammates have got the job done without him so far and the team as a whole has put itself in a good position heading into the final 27 games.
“This is a tough stretch for us going into March,” Bosh said. “March is a tough month for us and we did what we needed to do to build our confidence with the schedule that we had lately. Now we are playing better teams, have to focus a bit more.”
Bosh said he has been able to handle this absence from the court better than he has in the past.
“I don’t go crazy anymore,” Bosh said. “Usually on the bench (when he’s not playing) it’s a lot tougher and I go crazy sometimes. This year I’m a lot more calm. I can watch a game. I’m just trying not to make it too many.”
Raptors head coach Jay Triano is through answering questions about Hedo Turkoglu’s mask or anything else he has no control over. Normally accommodating to a fault with the media, Triano did his best to set some new parameters yesterday.
“I just want to know if he’s playing or not,” Triano said in response to the first mask query of the day. “They tried to start that the other day. I just want to know who is playing and I’ll try to win games. Don’t talk to me about a mask or an ankle or a fever or a cold. Give me a list of the guys who can play, and I’ll try to win the game.“
Turkoglu has started the past two games with a protective mask on but has quickly ditched the protective shield citing the adverse affects it has had on his game.