Jose is back on the move

STEVE BUFFERY, TORONTO SUN

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

PORTLAND -- Jose Calderon admitted that he was terrified when kneed in the back by Golden State forward Mickael Pietrus on Sunday afternoon at the Air Canada Centre.

The Raptors backup point guard thought for a brief time that he might have suffered serious nerve damage.

"When the knee hit my back, it hit my nerve or something and I feel all of my lower back and left leg lock," Calderon said yesterday, following the Raptors morning shootaround. "I could feel everything, but I couldn't move. All the muscles were locked."

Calderon, who was battling for a rebound when the accident occurred late in a 120-115 Toronto win, crashed hard to the court and was later lifted off on a stretcher, but said he began to feel better in the locker room.

"Everything was okay, all the tests were okay, so I just calmed down and started to smile again," he said. "The first two days (after the accident), I could move almost nothing, but after with massage and treatment, I started moving and I feel okay now."

Calderon was in the lineup last night in Portland contributing four points in limited minutes. It was the third stop of a four-game, west coast road swing for the Raps and wraps up tonight in Seattle.

There was one other emotion the personable Spaniard experienced as a result of his accident, which was later diagnosed as a lower back contusion, and that was heartfelt gratitude towards the ACC fans.

"It was unbelievable," said Calderon, who struggled to acknowledge the fans as he was being carted away. "I wanted to say something with my hands, like 'Don't worry everybody. I'm okay. It's not that bad.'"

After two days of treatment in Toronto, Calderon joined the team in Los Angeles. His back tightened up on the five hour-plus trip but loosened up again after treatment.


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