Raps on verge of record

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

If the Raptors nail a three-pointer tonight against the Indiana Pacers, they will break the NBA record of 594 consecutive games with a least one three-point field goal.

The record was set by the Miami Heat in 2001.

There have been 21 games during the streak when the Raptors netted just one triple, including Nov.30 against Memphis when Morris Peterson hit the lone tre. The streak began for Toronto on Feb. 26, 1999 in a 102-92 win against Minnesota.

LIFE'S A STRUGGLE

Rookie guard Jose Calderon missed three games in late December, early January because of a sore right heel. And while he says the foot is feeling better, word around Raptorland is that the first-year NBA player is still hurting.

He left right after practice yesterday with head trainer Greg Spratt.

The Raptors really need the Spanish international to get on his game if they hope to win a few before the regular season ends.

Calderon, who introduced as Jose Calderson in Detroit and then Jose Caldernonon in Cleveland by the respective PA announcers, has averaged 5.6 points and 4.6 assists per game this year. But in his last 10, he has averaged only 3.7 points, 3.1 assists and his shooting 34% from the field.

"He's a rookie," head coach Sam Mitchell said. "They (rookies) don't realize exactly how difficult it is. The preparation the time, the commitment, the travel. Everybody thinks about the money and the lifestyle, they don't understand the sacrifices and the commitment to play in the NBA.

"There's no boys allowed (in this league) and it takes guys time to learn that.

"And that's why a lot of rookies struggle. Almost All of them."

AROUND THE RIM

Veteran guard Alvin Williams, who has been inactive for the past 59 games after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, still holds out hope that he'll be able to play this season ... Chris Bosh put on a clinic at the ACC yesterday following practice for a group of contest winners.


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