Today In Raptorland - 2/6/09
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Are Raptors now paying the price?

Colangelo, a member of the U.S. national team hierarchy headed by his father Jerry, disputed the Bosh hypothesis, saying the U.S. program builds in sufficient recovery time. But he quibbled less with the idea that Calderon's dogged dedication to Spain has been behind the point guard's painful season.

While Bosh has played for his country two of the past three summers, Calderon, at age 27, has been a loyal annual servant to King Juan Carlos for more than a decade.

"I just think at some point, yes, that would be a fatiguing process," said Colangelo of Calderon's year-round schedule.

Will Raps miss Chris?

There's never a good time to lose your best player for even a game, but if Chris Bosh were going to go down, now is probably the best time for it to happen.

The reasoning is that Jermaine O'Neal, based on his past two games, appears to have returned to the form he was showing around Christmas, before a bruised right knee swelled up on him and cost him a dozen games. In the past two games, O'Neal has a combined 42 points, nine blocked shots, and 17 rebounds.

While Andrea Bargnani will move into Bosh's power forward role, his departure will open up a spot for Joey Graham who is coming off back-to-back games in which he not only defended the two best players in the game in LeBron James and Kobe Bryant but put up decent offensive numbers himself.

Graham scored a career high 24 points in the loss to the Lakers and over the two games combined for 35 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Bosh likely to watch teammates face Hornets

Tests at Mount Sinai Hospital on Wednesday night showed no structural damage to the knee, but the team still is listing him as doubtful for the game with the host Hornets.

The news on the injury front wasn't all bad, however, for the struggling Raptors.

Point guard Jose Calderon, who sat out the entire Lakers game to rest his strained right hamstring -- an injury which forced him to miss 11 games in January -- is with the team and listed as probable for the Hornets game.

The matchup, which normally would favour the hosts dramatically even with a healthy Bosh, is a bit of a coin flip with the Hornets dealing with their own injury troubles.

Point guard Chris Paul, who leads the league in assists and steals and is the Hornets' leading scorer, is expected to sit out his second consecutive game after suffering a mild groin strain Monday in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Knee injury sidelines Bosh

It wasn't clear how Bosh hurt his knee. He left Wednesday's game with 8 minutes 50 seconds left in the fourth quarter and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital for diagnostic testing. He met with team doctors yesterday. No time has been set for his return.

Bosh missed 10 games last March with unspecified soreness in his knee. The Raptors were 2-8 with him sidelined.

"It's more of a day-to-day thing," Colangelo said yesterday.

Chris Paul-less New Orleans Hornets have little punch

For the first 44 games of the regular season, the Hornets cruised along, hitting few bumps along the road with their primary driver behind the wheel.

After losing Chris Paul on Monday night late in the third quarter, New Orleans exhibited some disconcerting traits, such as sleepwalking through the final 13:20 of that game, getting outscored 42-17 and blowing a 20-point lead en route to a loss.

"We're going to find out some questions they've asked about us as a basketball team, " Hornets Coach Byron Scott said. "A lot of people have asked, 'If he goes down, what do we do? How good is this team?

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