Jose Calderon knew the answer even before he stepped on the court last night for the pre-game warmup: He wasn't ready.
"He just didn't think he could do the things he needed to do," head coach Sam Mitchell said of his starting point guard who has been working through a strained hamstring.
So, the Raps again turned to Will Solomon, with Calderon getting at least one more night of rest. Whether he plays tonight against Miami will be a game-time decision.
But the Raptors weren't the only team dealing with injury woes here in Orlando. The Magic were forced to scratch Mickael Pietrus, their prized off-season acquisition. Pietrus, who has shown a knack for coming up with the big shot early in his Orlando career, has bruised ribs. J.J. Redick was stepping up for the first start of his NBA career.
STEALING BOSH'S THUNDER?
Chris Bosh knows a thing or two about putting himself out there. And when it comes to using the Internet to do so, he's among the elite in professional sports.
So it comes as a bit of a surprise that good friend Dwight Howard is in the process of debuting his own website and has not so much as placed a call to the domain owner of chris-bosh.com for advice.
"Nope, not at all. He hasn't reached out to me or anything," Bosh said yesterday at shootaround. "I'm very curious to see what he is doing. I'll definitely be a fan of it. I like to see what other guys are coming up with."
Howard is promising some "big surprises" with his website, which he hopes to have up and running sometime this week. He plans on using it to solicit suggestions as he returns to the all-star game this year in Phoenix to defend the slam dunk title he won in New Orleans last year.