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Daily Raptor Dish - 07.01.11
Raptors' Calderon proving his worth
Bayless to sit again
BOSTON — Where would the Raptors be without Jose Calderon?
Head coach Jay Triano probably doesn’t want to even think about it, yet that was almost the case since Calderon was all but dealt to Charlotte this off-season before Bobcats owner Michael Jordan nixed the trade.
With apologies to Jarrett Jack — who ended up leaving when Calderon stayed — the Raptors would probably have been in a dark place if the team’s longest-serving player had in fact been moved.
Though many starting point guards are better overall players than the Spaniard and average far gaudier numbers, few are as crucial to their team’s offence as Calderon is to the Raptors.
After the Raptors looked lost offensively — averaging just 87 points per game — in losing badly to Chicago and shocking Dallas earlier this week without Calderon, he returned in spectacular fashion on Wednesday.
The Cavaliers had no answers for Calderon, who scored 20 points and added a season-high 17 assists with just three turnovers.
While afterwards, Calderon credited his teammates for getting to the right spots, Triano made it clear the veteran was simply being humble.
“It’s different when you have a point guard out there running the show,” Triano said of the greatly improved attack.
Raptors Blog by Doug Smith
BOSTON — Jerryd Bayless will not play for the Raptors on Friday night against the Boston Celtics and from the way he was talking on Friday morning, it might be a while before he returns to the lineup.
“It’s getting better, but it’s not there,” Bayless told the Sun about his sore ankle.
“I don’t want it to be a lingering thing, it’s got to get better.
“I think if I continue to try to keep on going, keep on pushing it, it’s not going to go away.”
While trying to do just that recently, Bayless only made his injuries worse, turning the ankle repeatedly.
Bayless has only been able to play a total of 39 minutes over the past four games and appears doubtful for Sunday’s clash with the Sacramento Kings.
Wednesday’s tilt with the Atlanta Hawks seems more likely for a return.
Starting point guard Jose Calderon is still hobbled with foot and ankle problems, but will play against the Celtics.
Swingman Sonny Weems (back spasms) made it through a successful workout in Toronto on Friday and is expected back either Sunday or Wednesday after missing nine games.
“Hopefully he’s ready to go and practice when we get back,” said Raptors head coach Jay Triano.
NBA All-Star Voting
Welcome to Doug Smith's live chat. Doug will be here to answer your basketball questions at noon, so use the comments button to get it started.
by TORONTO STAR at 1/7/2011 2:58:04 PM9:58 AM
Hello, everyone. Just getting settled in here to get started. We'll be around for an hour or so to see what's up. There is a wee bit of news, Bayless will not play tonight and the word before shootaround today was that Calderon is "probable"
by dgsmith at 1/7/2011 4:56:20 PM11:56 AM
Anyway, we'll start answering questions in a minute or so.
by dgsmith at 1/7/2011 4:56:40 PM11:56 AM
I have lways been impressed with Julian Wright and think he has as much potential as any of the "young gunz". Will his past performance (albeit against Cleveland) translate into more playing time? He looks to have a fearless, non-intimidated persona coupled with Pippen like skills.
by Finger Roll at 1/7/2011 4:57:44 PM11:57 AM
I don't know that it'll be more; probably about the same. The thing is, what happens when Weems is ready to return and there's another wing in the mix
NBA All-Star Voting List
Forwards: LeBron James, Miami, 969,459; Kevin Garnett, Boston, 712,555; Amar'e Stoudemire, New York, 637,486; Paul Pierce, Boston, 381,348; Chris Bosh, Miami, 260,007; Josh Smith, Atlanta, 193,897; Carlos Boozer, Chicago, 159,073; Danilo Gallinari, New York, 127,726; Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia, 115,660; Danny Granger, Indiana, 107,145.
Guards: Dwyane Wade, Miami, 938,402; Rajon Rondo, Boston, 777,310; Derrick Rose, Chicago, 721,122; Ray Allen, Boston, 392,441; John Wall, Washington, 169,219; Gilbert Arenas, Orlando, 144,889; Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee, 128,556; Raymond Felton, New York, 105,425; Joe Johnson, Atlanta, 99,598; Jamal Crawford, Atlanta, 97,809.
Centers: Dwight Howard, Orlando, 988,572; Shaquille O'Neal, Boston, 410,663; Joakim Noah, Chicago, 153,657; Al Horford, Atlanta, 120,404; Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee, 110,153; Andrea Bargnani, Toronto, 92,822; Brook Lopez, New Jersey, 77,048; Roy Hibbert, Indiana, 70,698; JaVale McGee, Washington, 59,508; Ben Wallace, Detroit, 44,375.
Forwards: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City, 735,521; Carmelo Anthony, Denver, 602,516; Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers, 597,201; Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas, 447,737; Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 436,651; Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers, 435,857; Lamar Odom, L.A. Lakers, 232,299; Luis Scola, Houston, 197,728; Kevin Love, Minnesota, 171,945; Caron Butler, Dallas, 168,937.
Guards: Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers, 1,153,694; Chris Paul, New Orleans, 585,690; Manu Ginobili, San Antonio, 403,632; Steve Nash, Phoenix, 321,659; Deron Williams, Utah, 313,011; Jason Kidd, Dallas, 234,779; Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City, 233,593; Tony Parker, San Antonio, 219,378; Vince Carter, Phoenix, 185,213; Eric Gordon, L.A. Clippers, 179,917.
Centers: Yao Ming, Houston, 637,527; Andrew Bynum, L.A. Lakers, 376,283; Brendan Haywood, Dallas, 215,905; Nene, Denver, 211,475; Marc Gasol, Memphis, 205,227; Emeka Okafor, New Orleans, 172,012; Chris Kaman, L.A. Clippers, 131,741; Marcus Camby, Portland, 111,346; Andris Biedrins, Golden State, 65,908; Robin Lopez, Phoenix, 62,199.