Timing off for Bosh

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:00 AM ET

At least Chris Bosh has something to build on as he returns to imposing his will on games.

It certainly will take time for Bosh to get his wind back and to get his legs underneath him.

It certainly will help the Raptors cause if he reverts to his all-star form in a hurry, but all things considered, Bosh said he felt okay in his return Sunday from a seven-game layoff.

An ankle sprain sidelined Bosh for six games, while a stomach virus kept him out of the lineup on Friday when he had been set to make his comeback.

In his absence, the Raptors were 3-4.

I felt all right, Bosh said after the Raptors were downed by the Philadelphia 76ers 114-101. Its just like any other game coming back from a little absence.

Its a little tough just getting the legs back, but I think it was a decent effort. Im just happy to start playing again.

There was an anxious moment when Bosh fell to the floor when he got tangled up with a Sixer.

He favoured his ankle and was forced to make a quick trip to the locker room.

Turns out he needed to get his ankle retaped.

Bosh wasnt demanding the ball and neither was he drawing defenders like he normally does when healthy.

For only the second time this season, he didnt make a single trip to the charity stripe.

Bosh played nearly 33 minutes and recorded his 40th double-double of the season.

It was a little rough, Raptors head coach Jay Triano said of Boshs game. But weve got to play him. We have to play him through this and get him back to 100%.

I think his timing is off a little bit. Being away for as long as he has, its going to take a couple of games for him to get back into a good smooth routine.

The last time Bosh didnt make a trip to the foul line was against the Lakers, the team the Raptors play next, in late January.

The Raptors hit the road on a four-game West Coast trip that features two back-to-back sets, two winning teams (the Lakers and Portland) and two sub .500 teams (Sacramento and Golden State).

frank.zicarelli@sunmedia.ca


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