Ford back on bench

FRANK ZICARELLI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

The Raptors will get their final look of T.J. Ford tonight.

Ford and Jose Calderon gave the Raptors the ideal rotation at point guard until egos got in the way of a good thing.

Ford would be dealt to the Indiana Pacers in a multi-player package that brought Jermaine O'Neal to Toronto. O'Neal was traded to Miami in February for Shawn Marion.

When Ford was floored by Hawks forward Al Horford last season, Calderon was thrust into the starting role, a position he flourished.

When Ford returned to the lineup, he could never accept his role as back up.

Ford finds himself in the same position in Indiana, where he now comes off the bench for Jarrett Jack.

Unlike last season, when Ford privately and at times openly questioned the Raptors' decision to start Calderon, he willingly accepts his role as a reserve.

"I know how to handle this situation better than I did in the past," Ford told reporters in Indianapolis.

In Sunday's 117-99 road win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Ford went 5-of-9 from the field to score 12 points. He added five assists.

When the Raptors beat the Pacers 110-87 at the ACC on March 15, Toronto outrebounded Indiana 55-38.

Duke Ellington

Raptors fans should take note of Wayne Ellington, the Final Four MVP who helped lead North Carolina to its cakewalk over Michigan State in Monday's championship.

Ellington is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard whose game appears ready for the next level.

A year ago, Ellington entered his name for the NBA's draft.

When it was determined he wouldn't be taken in the first round, Ellington withdrew his name.

He's now made a name for himself.


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