Pair hurting for Raps

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

Raptors rookies Jose Calderon (right foot) and Joey Graham (left knee) did not practise yesterday after suffering re-occuring injuries recently.

The pair will be re-evaluated tomorrow in Atlanta when the Raptors return to practice.

Graham, who missed three pre-season games because of tendinitis in his left knee and also had some problems with the same knee in college, doesn't sound too worried about the latest setback -- a knee strain suffered in the first quarter Friday in Indiana.

"I just tried to jump up and a real sharp pain just shot through my knee," the starting forward said. "It's all right, though. I'll be practising in Atlanta."

Calderon, who did not dress Friday, missed two games last month with a right heel bruise. The same foot continues to bother the point guard.

Record setters

Not only did the Raptors finish December with a respectable 7-7 record, they tied a franchise record for most road wins in a month with their sixth road win of December on Friday -- a 99-97 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

They also won six in a month back in March of 2000.

Leaving the basement

With the win Friday, the Raptors jumped out of last in the NBA standings and passed two teams.

Looking up at the Raptors (8-22) are the Atlantic Division rival New York Knicks (7-21) and the Atlanta Hawks (7-21).

The Raptors will try to win for the third time in as many games against the Hawks this season Tuesday in Atlanta. The Raptors also will be attempting to go on a three-game winning streak, overall, for the first time this season.

Sow much fun

Raptors forward Pape Sow keeps raising eyebrows in the development league with the Arkansas RimRockers.

The second-year pro from Senegal had 21 points and 15 rebounds Friday in a 110-96 win over the Fort Worth Flyers.

The Rockers (9-4) are second in the eight-team D-league, just half a game behind first-place Florida.


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