Raptors a not-so familiar foe for Calderon

Jose Calderon of the Pistons protects the ball from Raptors' John Lucas during last night's game at...

Jose Calderon of the Pistons protects the ball from Raptors' John Lucas during last night's game at Auburn Hills, Mich. At left, the former Raptors guard is interviewed prior to facing the only team he had never played against. (Getty Images)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:18 PM ET

It’s been a while since eight-year NBA veteran Jose Calderon faced an NBA team he has never played against but that is what happened Friday night.

 

A mainstay in Toronto’s lineup for the past 71/2 seasons until both he and Ed Davis were dealt Jan. 31 on a very emotional night in Atlanta as part of the Rudy Gay trade, Calderon tipped off against the Raptors, the only team he had never faced in his NBA career.

And just as he did for all of those seven-plus seasons in Toronto, Calderon gave it his very best.

Matched up against Kyle Lowry, neither player dominated the night. Lowry out-assisted Calderon 11-7 but the Pistons’ point guard held a slight edge in the scoring department, 8-4.

But a strong first half by big men Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas and an even stronger second half by wings DeMar DeRozan and Gay, who finished with 21 each, paced the Raptors to a 99-82 win.

For Calderon, though, an even bigger test awaits when he heads to To


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