Calderon eyes return

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

Guard Jose Calderon will practise today and hopes to be able to play tomorrow against the Chicago Bulls.

"I will practise with the team (today) and see if I can go, really go, not just a little bit, and then maybe (tomorrow) can be the day," Calderon said.

Calderon has missed 10 of Toronto's past 11 games because of a strained right hamstring.

"It's close. I want to help. It's a bad situation for everybody and I want to be out there. Sometimes with a sore ankle you can go out there and play because you know it's not going to get worse. It's just sore and I can play sore, no problem. But this thing isn't sore. Sometimes you can't feel it but it's still there and you can do too much and blow everything and that's what we're trying to prevent because then it could mean two months or more."

When Calderon does come back, his return is going to renew the talk of his perfect season from the free throw line. He has hit 79 free throws in a row dating back to last season, including all 76 this season.

Better at both ends

Andrea Bargnani is getting all kinds of credit for his offensive consistency in the past 12 games, but his play at the other end of the court has as much to do with head coach Jay Triano's comfort level with him as a starter as any points he is providing.

"I really think it started the game against Houston when he did a really nice job against Yao (Ming), meeting him early and understanding we wanted to play him before he got down to the low block because if you don't you're in trouble," Triano said. "He just took the scouting report and went with that."

"And then the one thing he got caught doing before was just guarding his guy and not being aware of being on the help side and supporting other players ... I think he's got a lot better at that."


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