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Calderon's hip worse than thought



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Just when you thought a loss couldn't get any uglier comes news that Jose Calderon's hip injury now appears the sort that will keep him out of the lineup for the long term.
How long won't be known until today. Calderon aggravated the injury last night and underwent diagnostic testing after the game to get a better gauge of the severity.
The fifth-year point guard went through the club's shootaround yesterday without problems and while he didn't take his regular spot in the starting lineup, did play in last night's game.
Calderon came in for Jarrett Jack with three minutes left in the first quarter and then left with 71/2 minutes remaining in the second quarter. He did not play any more and to hear head coach Jay Triano tell it, it might be a while before he plays again.
Triano was asked if he thought it would be a long-term injury. " I don't know because I haven't talked to anyone yet, but I would speculate yes," Triano said.



Houston's hustle worth emulating



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Raptors head coach Jay Triano wants his club to play with more urgency and energy. His team's opponent today certainly can give some pointers.
The Houston Rockets are all about hustle, effort and intensity and they don't really have much of a choice, considering their active roster is the shortest in the NBA and makes a combined $34.4 million US.
To put that in perspective, 7-foot-6 Yao Ming (who is out for the season) and 6-foot-8 Tracy McGrady (who practised yesterday but return date is still up in the air) make $39 million between them.
The Raptors, on the other hand, field a tall, talent-laden, reasonably healthy squad (though Jose Calderon's sore hip will keep him out for a while), but never have been accused of leaving everything they have on the court.
Triano believes the Raptors can learn a lot from the Rockets.
"You can look at their size, but they execute very, very well," Triano said.
"They're going to make hard cuts, they're going to box out every single time. They do the little things, and those are things that we need to get better at."








Calderon injury forces Raptor shuffle



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Jose Calderon was limping, Jay Triano was thinking and there will be some alterations in what the Raptors do in games now, part out of injury-induced necessity and part out of need to jump start an oft-lifeless group.
Calderon ambled slowly out of the Raptors practice facility at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday looking like a guy who'll miss more than a couple of games with a bad left hip, which gives his coach the chance to make some changes.
Not only will Jarrett Jack be back as the team's starting point guard Sunday against the Houston Rockets, who backs him up might change as will Triano's rotation of players off the bench.
"We're going to make a couple of other changes, too and bring some more energy," said the coach after the team worked out Saturday.
"We aren't successful enough to be banking on what our rotations were. Sometimes this kind of a change will hopefully rejuvenate some guys and get them in the lineup earlier and hopefully make something good happen."






Landry showing up late



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Carl Landry was stunned. He knew he had been scoring but had no idea about the company he was keeping.
The list was filled with MVP candidates, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year and Carl Landry.
Landry ranks second in the league in fourth-quarter scoring, averaging 6.6 points per game. He is behind only Dwyane Wade, tied with Jason Terry and ahead of Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James.
“Wowwww,” Landry said. Moments later, however, he spoke of his late-game success as nothing worthy of surprise.
“That's just the time that I play,” he said. “Two, three minutes left in the third quarter, that's when I'm getting in. I think it matters who's in the game at crunch time. Coach (Adelman) and the coaching staff put trust in me to be in there. It's a good feeling.
“I still can't believe some of the success that I've had thus far. Hopefully, that doesn't ever hit. I'm staying humble. Hopefully, I can keep it that way.”




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