Calf injury concerns Jones

DEAN MCNULTY

, Last Updated: 1:15 PM ET

Count Raptor shooting guard Fred Jones among the walking wounded as the team prepares to meet Golden State this afternoon at the Air Canada Centre.

And it couldn't come at a worse time for the Oregon native.

After today's game the Raptor's head off on a four game west-coast jaunt that includes a stop in Portland Dec. 22 and Jones had that date circled as a homecoming of sorts.

Although the team listed him yesterday as day-to-day with a bruised calf suffered in the game against New Jersey Friday, Jones said yesterday he doubted he would be healthy enough to start in any of games on the upcoming trip.

"Right now it's really sore," he said. "I don't know what's happening with it; I'm just trying to get healthy and as soon as I get healthy I'll be back on the floor."

But he said that judging from the way his leg felt yesterday, there would be little chance for him to start any time soon.

"It doesn't feel good at all," Jones said. "I don't know how to explain it, it just doesn't feel good."

IN THE YARD

There was a familiar face throwing the ball around with the Raptors yesterday and it was none other that Jerome "Junk Yard Dog" Williams.

One of the all-time most popular players to wear the Raptor uniform, Williams left the game after a year playing in that zoo-like atmosphere that surrounds the New York Knicks.

At only 33 years old Williams - who currently is employed as a roving community ambassador for the Raptors - still looked like he had game as he played a little shoot around with his old mates.

"I was just helping out the coaches," Williams said.

But don't be surprised if the Dog doesn't show up at a summer league next season to see if he still has the legs to play in the NBA.

EUROPEAN VACATION

Right after the Raptors finish off their West Coast trip, general manager Brian Colangelo will head off to Europe for some scouting and a holiday reunion with his family.

"I will head to Barcelona to catch a game and then go to Milan to be with the family for Christmas," he said.


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