Martin ready to step up

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

The new-look Raptors starting lineup could lead to more playing time for third-string point guard Darrick Martin.

With point guards Mike James and Jose Calderon both starting, Martin needs to be ready in the event either gets into foul trouble.

That's not a problem for the NBA journeyman.

"I've always taken the approach since Day 1 in this league (that he has) to be able to play 48 minutes," Martin said. "That's what I'm prepared to do. If I'm in that mindset and stay ready, I don't have to worry about getting ready."

Martin learned just how ready a third-stringer has to be by watching St. Louis Rams No. 3 quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throw for 310 yards Sunday in a 33-27 win over the Houston Texans.

"You never know. You just watched the third-string quarterback from St. Louis have a 300-yard day," said Martin, who did not get off the bench in three of the Raptors' past four games. "You have to be prepared as though you're going to start and play a lot of minutes."

Raptors coach Sam Mitchell, a one-time teammate of Martin's, has confidence in the veteran.

"The thing about Darrick is he knows how to manage a game, he knows how to play," Mitchell said.

BIG GAME IN SPAIN

The only two players from Spain in the NBA -- the Memphis Grizzlies' Pau Gasol and Calderon -- square off for the first time tomorrow at the Air Canada Centre and it's a big deal back home.

The game will be shown live on television in Spain. A reporter from a Madrid newspaper also has made the trip. Calderon and Gasol, long-time friends, are going out for dinner tonight.

MO PETE MOVING UP

Raptors swingman Morris Peterson moved ahead of Vince Carter and into second place on the Raptors' career-game list last night when he played his 404th game.

BRIEFLY

Raptors forward Chris Bosh is one of just six players in the NBA averaging at least 20 points at 10 rebounds this season. The others are Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Elton Brand, Jermaine O'Neal and Antawn Jamison.


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