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One of the biggest adjustments for Raptors' Jose Calderon, who thinks he speaks English far worse...

One of the biggest adjustments for Raptors' Jose Calderon, who thinks he speaks English far worse than he actually does, has been getting used to using a second language in daily scrums. (Toronto Sun/Mark O'Neill)

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

ST. CATHARINES -- Emulating the experience of their hockey roommates from last month, the Raptors are battling the injury bug at training camp.

Three Raptors -- point guards Alvin Williams (knee), forward Eric Williams (knee) and newly acquired point guard Mike James (groin) -- have been held out of contact drills at camp.

While Alvin Williams remains a question mark as he tries to return to the NBA after a season off, the Raptors aren't panicking about James and Eric Williams. James, who tweaked his groin in his first practice with the team Wednesday after the Raptors acquired him from the Houston Rockets in exchange for Rafer Alston, said he'll be just fine.

"It's just something that slowed me down for a second," the personable veteran said. "I'm all right. Just give it some time to rest. I made a certain move and my body was telling me, 'We don't want to do that right there.' "

Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said the team is limiting James' action to prevent further damage.

"It's a slight groin pull, nothing major," Mitchell said. "We're just holding him out. He's in shape, it's just something we don't want to be a problem."

As for Eric Williams, the defensive standout had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in the summer and has yet to hit top gear.

"Not quite at 100%," he said. "But I've been in full practices at the beginning of practices. Right now, they've got me doing an hour and a half, I'm getting some conditioning in and doing a lot of defensive drills ... I'm just taking it day by day and trying to get ready for (the season opener) Nov. 2."

Alvin Williams, meanwhile, isn't expected to try any contact drills or scrimmages for at least another week.

"We're going to give him every opportunity," Mitchell said. "He's earned that much with his play in the past and the type of young man he is. We're going to give him every opportunity to see if he can come back and help us from this injury."


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