Calderon nears return

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Jose Calderon does not want Will Solomon to get too comfortable as the starting point guard.

Though Calderon needed extra treatment for his mild hamstring strain yesterday, he's not counting out a return tonight in Orlando.

"I feel much better and when I get there (100%), I can play," Calderon said.

"I'm making the trip, that's the good news."

If he doesn't play against the Magic, Calderon hopes to go tomorrow in Miami.

Solomon played almost 34 minutes in Sunday's win over Miami, scoring 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting with 11 assists. His day was marred by four turnovers, but four other Raptors lost the ball at least twice.

"I thought Will did a good job pushing the basketball and getting us into our spots," coach Sam Mitchell said. "Roko (Ukic) controlled the tempo for us (when Solomon sat) and we had the chance to get some easy baskets."

UPPING THE TEMPO

Before Sunday's game against Miami, Mitchell was concerned that Toronto wasn't moving the ball up court quickly enough. The team responded by generating 14 fast-break points to the Heat's two.

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