|Bosh, Bargnani still out but Ford returns as Raptors host Suns|
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|Wednesday, 05 December 2007 14:36|
Bosh, bothered by a strained groin, leads the Raptors with 18.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.
Forward Andrea Bargnani also will miss his second straight because of a hyperextended left knee suffered in Saturday's loss at Washington. Bargnani is averaging 11.9 points and 4.5 rebounds.
Bosh is still unable to run at full speed, but said days of stretching exercises have strengthened his groin.
``I've progressed a lot,'' he said. ``A lot of things that were hurting and I couldn't do, I'm now doing a better job of.''
Guard T.J. Ford, who missed Monday's victory over Charlotte because of lingering soreness in his left thumb, was scheduled to come off the bench against Phoenix. Ford suffered a stinger in his left arm in a Nov. 20 collision with Dallas' Josh Howard, causing him to miss five of Toronto's next seven games. Ford is averaging 13.2 points and 7.4 assists.
Pacific Division-leading Phoenix has won 11 of 13 and is unbeaten in its last six against Toronto. The Raptors haven't beaten the Suns since a 101-94 victory at Phoenix on Feb. 10, 2004.