Tendinitis a pain for Calderon, Graham

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:42 AM ET

ATLANTA -- Jose Calderon's right foot injury appears to be a simple case of tendinitis.

With Calderon still in pain, the Raptors sent their rookie point guard for an MRI yesterday morning.

But the results showed no structural damage and it appears to be tendinitis that is causing the problems for Calderon.

Calderon missed his second game in a row last night against the Atlanta Hawks. He also missed two games late last month.

The news also was good for rookie forward Joey Graham, who went for testing on his left knee yesterday.

Again, tendinitis is believed to be the problem. Graham played last night after suffering the injury last Friday in Indiana against the Pacers.

Before receiving the results of the MRI, coach Sam Mitchell wondered aloud whether Calderon's foot was an issue before the native of Spain joined the Raptors.

"My question is when did his feet start hurting him?" Mitchell said.

QUESTION OF WHEN

"You don't wake up tomorrow and all of a sudden, you have problems like that with your feet. My question would be is this something he had before he got here?"

However, Calderon has said this is the first time that he is experiencing foot problems.

With Calderon out, the Raptors will need to give extended minutes to starting point guard Mike James and third-stringer Darrick Martin probably will receive some meaningful time.

"Jose, even though he's a rookie and he's not a very good shooter, he does get the ball to the basket and he's able to pass the ball and he gives me another perimeter defender," Mitchell said. "We don't have perimeter defenders. Other than Mo (Peterson) and Mike, that's it.

"Now, we have other guys who have to step out and guard and you've got to hope Mo doesn't get into any kind of foul trouble and Mike doesn't get into foul trouble. That puts us behind the 8-ball. Who's going to guard the quicker guys?"


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