quote: Although a final determination won't be made until shortly before game time Friday night, it appears New Orleans Hornets' forward Jason Smith could return to action after missing two weeks with a torn labrum.
Smith, who sustained a SLAP tear of his right labrum on Dec. 12 in a game at Oklahoma City, said after Friday morning's shoot-around he was getting ready to come back.
"We'll see how it feels tonight," Smith said. "I would like to (play against the Raptors). Whether it allows me to, we'll just have to see tonight. We'll just have to go with what (trainer Jon Ishop) says and what coach says and trust their judgment.
"It's still a little sore, still a little tight. But you never know. Things could change."