Raps looking for answers

A less hamstrung Jose Calderon would be welcome news for the suddenly struggling Raptors that has...

A less hamstrung Jose Calderon would be welcome news for the suddenly struggling Raptors that has lost four of its past five. (Sun Media/Greg Henkenhaf)

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:03 PM ET

Jose Calderon and his tight right hamstring spent the off day visiting with doctors.

Answers on Calderon's injury were slow coming and the rest of the Raptors were searching for answers to explain their 106-96 loss at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.

Chris Bosh, one of a very few Raptors who could have left that game with his head held high, took a shot at explaining it after the game, but even the media-savvy Bosh fell short on this one.

"We just didn't get back," Bosh said after the game of a defensive effort that wasn't just a result of poor execution, but bordered on laziness. "We didn't do the things we talked about stopping. We talked about limiting their transition points; they had 19 points in transition.

"That is one of their strengths and if you let them get out on the open court, they are going to be hard to beat."

Even in a loss to the Celtics on Monday, Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell couldn't fault the defence.

Mitchell said before the game he was hoping to see the Raps continue to build off fine defensive performances both in a win Sunday in Charlotte and a loss in Boston.

Instead he saw his team repeatedly let the Sixers beat it down the floor for easy baskets.

NOT OFF THE HOOK

Bosh wasn't hanging any individual teammates out to dry in his post-game breakdown of the Raptors deficiencies, but neither did he let any off the hook.

"We just have to do a better job of getting the job done," Bosh said. "We can sit here and try to think of why we are not doing certain things or what's going on, but when it is all said and done, you just have to do your job. That is really it, and sometimes you have to bust your hump."

As for Calderon, his status will be updated today when the Raptors return to practice. By late yesterday afternoon, he already had met with one of the team doctors and was to be examined by another.

He said his tightened hamstring already was feeling better less than a half hour after the game Wednesday night and was hopeful the healing would continue overnight.

A less hamstrung Calderon would be welcome news for this suddenly struggling team that has lost four of its past five, but the Raptors faithful have to hope a few more things get better before the Raps take the floor again on Sunday against the Miami Heat.

No one wants to see a repeat of that Philly flop.


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