Daily Raptor Dish - 16.01.11
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Daily Raptor Dish - 16.01.11

Raps great effort all for not

The Raptors did catch one break on Saturday when Calderon woke up in Washington with his foot feeling as good as it has the day after a game as it has in some time.
“I was little bit surprised,” Calderon said referring to his foot. “Every time it’s the next day that’s the worst, but this morning it was pretty good.”
His 21 points tied his season-high mark, the 15 assists were two off his season’s best and the nine rebounds matched his career high set back in 2005 in this very city.
But Calderon was just the most obvious of standout performances on the evening. In fact, Triano didn’t really have a complaint afterwards.
“I can’t ask for much more from our guys,” he said. “In a back-to-back with so many guys hurt, our margin of error isn’t very big, but I don’t know if Amir (Johnson) can play much better than he is playing right now with the injured (back). Jose had probably one of his best games ever as a Raptor, one away from a triple double and a career high in rebounds, Ed Davis was very solid and Sundiata did exactly what we wanted him to do. I’m just proud of our guys.”
Not even Young’s 29 points, built primarily on an 18-point third quarter that saw him miss just one of his eight attempts from the field, could get a rise out of Triano.
“I honestly don’t know how much I can fault our guys,” Triano said. “I don’t think that (Young) had many open looks. There were guys right there and he made some tough shots. In the first half we had him going to his right (and contained) and in the second half he just got it going.”
The Raps will now have a day off in New Orleans on Sunday before taking on the Hornets Monday afternoon. Bayless, who is normally quick to predict his own return, was hesitant this time around which could mean a whole lot more of Calderon and a little bit more of Gaines on Monday.
Based on their performances Saturday, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Raps lose Barbosa in loss to Pistons

Leandro Barbosa, a heart-and-soul guy who gives the Raptors much-needed offence, hurt his hamstring during Friday’s visit to the Air Canada Centre by the Detroit Pistons.
He was carried off the floor, unable to put any weight on his leg, his status in doubt at a time when the Raptors desperately require a reserve to elevate their game.
The way the Raptors defended the Pistons in the first half, they need a lock-down defender in both the frontcourt and backcourt, or at least someone who takes pride when an opponent is able to score at will.
In more favourable circumstances, Sonny Weems would have provided a lift in Barbosa’s absence, but his wonky back makes this high-flyer questionable for any tip.

Calderon's gutsy performance unable to lift Raptors

It was gutsy and it was impressive and it was entirely unexpected — and it still was not enough.
Jose Calderon, still battling pain in his left foot, was questionable to even play here Saturday night against the Wizards. The pain is far worse the day after a game and he'd logged 36 minutes on Friday night at home against Detroit.
So for him to play was a bit surprising and for him to play as well as he did was a bonus, but even he couldn’t carry the Raptors to a win.
Calderon had 21 points, 15 assists and a career high-tying nine rebounds in 38 minutes, but the Wizards hung on for a 98-95 victory.
“We knew it was only like seven or eight players and we knew we’d have to play a lot of minutes and we played good for a long time,” said Calderon.
He came within one rebound of the first Raptors triple-double since Alvin Williams had one in March 2001.
“I think maybe at the end, the legs didn’t respond as well as we needed them to, but I think we showed effort out there, we played hard, everybody.”

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I don’t imagine Sundiata Gaines is going to approach Pops level or even Julian Wright level but if he plays the rest of this week like he did last night, you people might like him a lot.
He gave them 14 solid minutes, scored a bucket, ran the offence okay even if he had limited plays in his mind and, most importantly, he didn’t hurt them in any way.
And talking to Jerryd after the game made me wonder whether he’ll go on Monday afternoon so there may be more Gaines time in the future.

Wizards edge slumping Raptors

Andrea Bargnani had 15 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and Jose Calderon added 21 points, 15 assists and tied a career high with nine rebounds for the Raptors, who opened a five-game road trip without guard Leandro Barbosa. Barbosa is expected to miss one to two weeks after straining his right hamstring in Friday night's loss to Detroit.
Toronto also did not dress Jerryd Bayless, who has now missed four of eight games with a sore left ankle. Sonny Weems, Peja Stojakovic and Reggie Evans remain out with longer-term injuries.
“We knew it was only going to be, like, seven or eight players we had out there,” Calderon said. “We knew we'd have to play a lot of minutes. We played good for a long time. Maybe at the end the legs didn't respond as well as we needed to.”
The Wizards lost their fourth-quarter lead when Bargnani scored seven points in a 12-2 run, tying the score at 79 with 8:10 to play. Washington got the lead back to six several times, including at 92-86 after a fadeaway jumper by Blatche. A layup by Ed Davis and a tough leaner in traffic by Calderon cut the lead to two with less than a minute to play, but the Wizards got a lucky out-of-bounds carom after a missed jumper by Wall.
The Raptors began fouling, and Young made enough free throws to keep the lead safe.
“In a back-to-back where we have so many guys hurt,” Triano said, “our margin for error isn't very good.”

The Shoe Must Go On

For decades, according to veteran league statistician Harvey Pollack, ankle injuries have alternated with knee injuries as the most common injury to NBA players. But new research shows the number of foot injuries has risen steadily over the past 21 NBA seasons. Only 80 players suffered foot injuries in 1988 compared to 130 in 2009.
Combined, foot injuries accounted for 13.5 per cent of all the 16,439 injuries suffered NBA players during those 21 NBA seasons. And researchers found that those injuries tend to be more devastating than ankle injuries, as Toronto Raptors fans learned this fall when Reggie Evans – then the league’s third-best rebounder – was sidelined for at least two months after fracturing the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot.
“Compared to ankle injuries, foot injuries are much more severe [in terms of] lost return to play. That’s the bottom line. That’s what the coaches and the trainers and the GMs, and agents want to know, is how long is this player going to be out?” said McKeon, who presented the data to a gathering of elite team physicians for the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine last month.
Experts say a combination of factors may be driving the trend: The game is faster, players are larger, and stress on the feet is compounded by an 82-game regular season, plus playoffs.
Team physicians also say they are concerned about the rise of the lightweight, low-top sneakers that are the latest rage in the NBA.

Raptors lose Barbosa up to two weeks

Toronto Raptors guard Leandro Barbosa is expected to miss one to two weeks with a strained right hamstring.
Coach Jay Triano said Barbosa will not play on the Raptors’ five-game road trip, which begins Saturday night at Washington.
Barbosa was hurt in the final seconds of the first half of Friday night’s loss to Detroit.
Barbosa is Toronto’s third leading scorer, averaging 13.4 points per game.

Wizards vs Raptors: Nick Young, Andray Blatche shake off injuries to lead Washington to win

At home against fellow cellar dwellers, the Wizards can blow leads with the knowledge that they will get another. The composure they lack on the road suddenly arrives, as they somehow know where to get the ball and they make shots or free throws. They have recorded just one sellout, but the mostly minimal support they get in the arena has been enough to fuel their wins.
The Wizards once again took advantage of a mediocre opponent in a familiar environment on Saturday night to defeat the Toronto Raptors, 98-95, before an announced crowd of 14,652. Nick Young scored a game-high 29 points, including 18 in the third period, as the Wizards improved to 11-8 at home.
"Very typical home game for us," said Andray Blatche after scoring 17 points with 13 rebounds in a game that still managed to provide a few surprises.

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