Consistency needed

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

Jose Calderon wasn't lying awake replaying that missed shot that would have tied the game Friday night his Raptors went on to lose to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Calderon, who probably hits that same shot 80% of the time he takes it, chalked it up to just one of those nights in the NBA that every team falls victim to once in a while.

"We know the whole game doesn't come down to the last two or three minutes," Calderon said. "We have to play for 48. It can't matter what the record is of the other team. It was just a bad loss. It was a game we had to win."

Normally, a practice before a set of back-to-back games is kept to the barest minimum, but head coach Sam Mitchell had his players on the run yesterday.

"We know what our mistakes were," Calderon said. "We know what we have to do better but we had some work to do because the night before was not very good."

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MORE LOVE FOR CALDERON

In case you missed it, Jose Calderon received another honour recently as he was third in the voting for FIBA Europe Men's Player of the Year for 2007. Russian standout Andrei Kirilenko, who plays with Utah, won the award for leading the Russians to a surprise win at Eurobasket last summer.

Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks was second as he led the Eurobasket tournament in scoring. Calderon's strong point guard play helped get Spain to the final where it lost to Russia.


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