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Kyle Lowry back starting for Raptors, Calderon to bench

Nov 21, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

Toronto Raptors' Lowry reacts after missing a free throw against the Philadelphia 76ers during their NBA basketball game in Philadelphia Reuters

Kyle Lowry looked rusty in his first game back from injury Tuesday night against Philly, (5-of-14 shooting) but he also looked aggressive. He attacked. Jose Calderon was what he has been most of the season — solid. Dependable.

When it came time for Toronto Raptors coach Dwyane Casey to decide who was starting Wednesday against Charlotte, he went with aggressive, the Raptors announced.


Before his foot and ankle injury, Lowry was putting up big numbers — he averaged 18.3 points per game on 54.5 percent shooting, plus handed out more than six assists per game.

That should help the Raptors offense, of course their biggest problem is the other end of the floor.

  1. borderline1988 - Nov 22, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Calderon is terrible…I’m not sure why reporters seem to like him.

    He’s like a pylon on defense. Literally the worst defending PG ever.

    And on offense, while he is a good passer, he has no ability to drive to the basket, and no ability to go left. He is easily bullied on the pick and roll by the picker’s defender, b/c he’s not quick enough to turn the corner. He also is not good at drawing fouls…he literally just moves laterally to his right when playing the pick and roll until he finds daylight…he simply cannot penetrate a defense.

    If a guy is open, Calderon will find him. But he can’t make plays on his own. He has some good games b/c he is a good shooter and can find holes in bad defenses. But man, he needs to go. The Raptors need to get tougher and grittier, and Calderon is the exact opposite of that (even as a backup, I’d rather Lucas on the floor, at least he pushes the tempo and pressures defenses).

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