BOSH IS BACK
(10:15am Eastern) – As you read first in this space and heard first on the FAN airwaves, Chris Bosh will be back tonight for the Raptors. Bosh reconfirmed the news on his personal website ( www.chris-bosh.com ).
Obviously, based on the way things went for the Raps on their 5-game trip out West, Bosh’s return could/should have a huge impact on the team. Not only has the club struggled on the offensive end, but they’ve missed CB4′s defense as well. While he may not be a lockdown defender, he’s a good on help D … coming over from the weak side with a strong contest or block and he’s one of the better communicators (second only to Rasho Nesterovic) on that end of the floor as well.
Bosh told me he’s had no pain in his knee and he’s as close to “normal” as he’s been in a couple of weeks. It wasn’t that long ago that he could barely walk up stairs – or backpeddle on the floor – without experiencing some major discomfort. But those issues are behind him and he’s rejuvenated for the final 15-game stretch.
THE LAST MONTH
Speaking of those final 15 games … they’re not as easy as some folks may be making them out to be. Granted, things start tonight with the league’s worst team – the Miami Heat. In fact, Toronto will get another shot at the Heat before the year wraps up as well. So that’s positive news. But take a look at the next chunk of games for T.O …
Following tonight’s game against the Heat, the Raptors will play the Cavs, Nuggets, and Pistons – a nasty 3-game stretch for a team that is trying to break out of a funk that has seen them lose 9 of their last 11 game.
However, following next Wednesday’s game against Detroit, the Raps will face only 2 teams (New Orleans, and Detroit again) with winning records. With two against Charlotte; two against New Jersey; and games against Milwaukee and Atlanta as well … if Toronto is a legit 5TH or 6TH seed … these are games that they need to take care of.
Plus, of these final 15 games, 9 of them come at the ACC. Home court advantage should mean something … especially at this time of the year.
For what it’s worth, I’ve got them going 8-7 over the final 15 … to finish the season 42-40.
Forget about the legal battle going on with the Raptors and the Spanish Basketball Federation right now. We’ll save that for the lawyers.
The better news about Jorge Garbajosa involves the man himself.
If you missed it on Monday, Jonesy had a 1 on 1 interview with Garbo on our pre-game show that aired before the Raps-Jazz game. In that interview, Garbajosa told the FAN that he’s trying to come back THIS SEASON. While he admitted that a return could be a long shot … that’s the ultimate goal nonetheless.
When Jonesy asked him how the rehab was going and if he was looking forward to working out in the summer and getting set for the Beijing Olympics … Garbo responded by saying that he doesn’t care about Beijing right now. He said he’s a Raptor and, for now, that’s all that matters. And if he can get back on the floor some time this season – either late in the regular season or even in the post-season – he will do his damndest to do so.
There’s no doubt in my mind that the Raps have missed #15′s game and grit this season.