Calderon still injured

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:16 PM ET

Jose Calderon is going to give it another day.

While the Raptors and head coach Jay Triano had been hopeful that Calderon would be able to play Tuesday night in Charlotte, the team charter left on Monday without him.

Calderon had a good workout on Sunday, but was limited to some conditioning on Monday when his left foot didn’t bounce back from the Sunday workout the way he had wanted.

Calderon said he’ll wait until Wednesday when Derrick Rose and the Bulls visit the Air Canada Centre to give his sore left foot its first real test.

Calderon’s ability to run the offence and protect the basketball was sorely missed Friday night in a loss to Denver and again in the first half against Detroit when the Raps turned the ball over 14 times alone in the first half.

“It was good on Sunday, but a little bit worse today,” Calderon explained.

What Calderon can’t explain is how he injured the foot in the first place.

“I have no idea at all,” Calderon said.

“It was good after the game (vs. New York on Wednesday) and then I woke up in the morning and I see it’s a little sore. But I don’t know what I did.”

Calderon is just glad it’s nothing long term.

“It’s nothing major. It’s day to day so hopefully in a couple of days the swelling has gone down and I can get back out there.”

One upside to Calderon’s absence has been the opportunity for Jerryd Bayless and Leandro Barbosa to improve on some already good chemistry on the court.

It also gave head coach Jay Triano proof that those two on the floor together can work despite the fact that they both play a similar offensive game.

“Both those guys are attack guards,” Triano said. “We were better because I got them into things that are their strengths. We got into a lot of screen and roll. We extended the floor, had the two wings come up high and I think that’s how those two guys are effective. Instead of having to run sets or make plays for other people, I think these guys are natural scorers.”


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