Raps Replay

PHIL MILLER, SPECIAL TO SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:02 AM ET

CONSISTENCY PAYS

Rookies are notorious for inconsistent play, so DeMar DeRozan's streaky shooting during the pre-season doesn't concern Raptors head coach Jay Triano.

"He plays in spurts," Triano said of the 20-year-old swingman. "We're trying to get him to play more consistently with a high energy level, run the floor consistently, push himself to be better."

That's DeRozan's goal, too, particularly when the Raptors don't have the ball. "I know I can score, but camp is about getting better at your whole game," the rookie said. "I'm just trying to get more involved in the defensive end."

And Triano expects to see more of that success, and effort -- on both ends. "He's a kid who's progressively gotten better at every level," the coach said. "We expect he's going to get better every game of the pre-season, too."

A POINT TAKEN

Point guard Jose Calderon appreciates the heavy work schedule after surgery on his left hand kept him sidelined all summer.

"The more I get back to playing five-on-five, the better," Calderon said. "I haven't done that for six months. It's good to get used to it again."

Calderon normally fulfills a heavy schedule of international competition for the Spanish national team during the NBA's off-season, but after an injury-plagued season in Toronto, he decided to sit on the sidelines last month as Spain won the European championship. That wasn't easy, he said, but it's paying off now.

UP NEXT

Tomorrow -- Washington Wizards at Raptors, 3 p.m, RapsTV/no radio.


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