That “outside chance” that Chris Bosh plays tonight has turned into a definitive “not gonna happen.”
Bosh will miss his 5th straight game with the sprained right knee/bone bruise, but as we told you yesterday, Jose Calderon will be back in the fold, as well as Joey Graham – who will get the starting nod in Bosh’s place. Now, as expected, but confirmed this afternoon, Marion will start at the 3 (Marion went on to say that’s he’s only come off the bench once in his career, and that was 2 weeks ago after coming back from injury. He stressed that it was only for one game).
If you’re thinking like I was thinking: What will this mean for the bench and having to cover Lebron when those two sub off?
Well, as Coach Jay Triano said… both Marion and Graham (the two guys who were going to have to guard him anyway) can expect to have long nights. Otherwise, you’re looking at Kapono, and either a bevvy of guards, or a glut of bigs trying to hold the fort, as Anthony Parker will likely already be getting a fair share of Mo Williams.
Either way, though… we all know that Lebron’s gonna get his anyway.
Moving on from trying to stop an unstoppable force… Marion said he’s looking forward to making his debut in front of the home fans… saying “y’all have one of the best fan-bases in the league, and y’all have been like that since I’ve been in the league… so I think it’s just a matter of us going out there and competing, playing hard and having fun.”
The longer you listen to Marion, the more you’ll hear “have fun.”
Perhaps that’s what the Raptors need…
…but there’s no doubt that it won’t be nearly as much fun down the stretch, if the Raptors can’t get, and stay, healthy.
As always… Eric and Paul have the call for you, live at 7 o’clock on The FAN590.