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, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

A new scoreboard has been installed just inside the Raptors locker room, with up-to-date scores and standings.

As the Raptors are fighting for a playoff spot for the first time in 2002, it makes sense that the players know exactly where they are in the standings at all times.

"It's something Bryan wanted up there," Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell said, referring to his GM, Bryan Colangelo. "(But) we understand what we have to do."

RIGHT TO PLAY

Raptors announced yesterday that point guard Jose Calderon has been named as a Right To Play athlete ambassador.

Right To Play is an athlete-driven international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play as a tool for the development of children in the most disadvantaged areas of the world. It is led by four-time Olympic gold medallist and Right To Play President Johann Olav Koss.

"All Raptors fans know the incredible passion, commitment and energy that Jose Calderon brings with him every time he steps on the court," said Koss, a Toronto resident, who used to be married to Newmarket MP Belinda Stronach. "These are the same qualities that are so inspirational for children in our programs across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and it's why we're so thrilled to welcome Jose as our newest Athlete Ambassador.

Calderon joins Maple Leafs player Alex Steen and players from Major League Soccer's Toronto FC as athlete ambassadors.

AROUND THE RIM

Former Raptor Charlie Villanueva has experienced a frustrating sophomore season in the NBA, missing 25 games already this season because of shoulder, elbow and ankle injuries.

In 33 games this season, Villanueva is averaging 11.9 points for the Milwaukee Bucks, over a point less than his rookie year with Toronto. T.J. Ford, whom the Raptors acquired during the off-season for Villanueva, is averaging 14.1 points and 7.6 assists (seventh in the NBA) for the Raptors.


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