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  • Leandro Barbosa had his sore right wrist examined on Monday and is questionable to play against the Knicks tomorrow. (Toronto Sun)
  • Jay Triano claims the Raptors will be “more creative and less predictable” on offence without Chris Bosh. Of course, it’s worth mentioning that last season’s offense was predictably good because of Bosh. (Toronto Sun)Ed Davis participated in some non-contact drills on Sunday, which is good. Triano doesn’t know when Davis will be able to make his Raptors debut, which is bad. (National Post)
  • Triano thinks that Barbosa and Jarrett Jack are the team’s two best one-on-one options in late game situations. I’m guessing those guys won’t strike fear in the hearts of their opponents like Kobe does. (National Post)
  • John Schuhmann put the Raptors dead last in his NBA.com power rankings for opening night. Um… haters gonna hate? (NBA.com)
  • The Raptors are ranked seventh on Spike.com’s “10 teams nobody would miss if they went away”. I wonder where Spike.com ranks on a list of websites nobody would miss if they vanished from the Internet. (Spike.com)
  • Two important birthdays today: Andrea Bargnani (25) and my mom (none of your business). Happy birthday to both — but I’m only making cake for one of them.
  • I tweeted this link yesterday, but skip to the 3:30 mark of this video when a reporter asks Jay Triano if Andrea Bargnani’s help defense has improved since last season. Jay says “No” and looks away with a look of disgust. Ruh-roh! (raptors.com)
  • Probably as a direct result of Jose Calderon’s pathetic performance on Wednesday against the Bulls (0-for-6, zero points in 25 minutes), Jarrett Jack will start at point guard for tonight’s final preseason game against the Knicks. (Toronto Star)
  • Here’s Doug Smith (predictably) coming to Calderon’s defense: “Now, I know there are all kinds of you who won’t agree, but when his game’s going, he’s an excellent point guard, a shooting threat from anywhere on the floor, he is still the best guy they have for running an offence effectively and, with the right rotations and help, he’s a good enough defender. Great? No. Good enough? Yes.” (Toronto Star)
  • Ed Davis is reportedly 10 days from being able to practice and isn’t expected to be able to appear in game action until another two weeks after that. (Toronto Sun)
  • There are some interesting new instant replay rules being instituted this season: refs can now use replay to decide on granting free throws or if a player should be called for a clear-path foul. (Toronto Sun)
  • David Stern wants to reduce player salaries by roughly one-third, which works out to around $750-800 million. Well… enjoy this season, folks! There might not be one in 2011-12. (theScore.com)

The Raptors may have only lost to the Bulls by seven points but I was very, very discouraged by what I saw. Jose Calderon looked as unsure of himself as I’ve ever seen him, Amir Johnson fouled out in 16 minutes so I’m losing hope he’s ever going to be able to play 30 minutes per game, and Andrea Bargnani and Reggie Evans will probably be a worse starting frontcourt defensively than Bosh and Bargnani were last season.

I was going to write more about Calderon here but I’m posting his player profile today so I’ll save it for that. There’s not much Raptors stuff today so I’ll mix in some other noteworthy NBA links.

  • Frank Zicarelli speculates that Calderon’s confidence might be damaged because of the cancelled trade to Charlotte. (Toronto Sun)
  • Jay Triano accepted some blame for the Raptors’ sluggish performance last night: “We got out-worked in the game but I’ll take a little bit of the blame for that. We practiced hard this morning, we went live this morning, we’ve been going hard yesterday and the day before.” (Toronto Star)
  • Interesting anecdote from Joakim Noah about how he wooed Carlos Boozer and Chris Bosh and why he preferred Boozer. Of course, if Bosh had signed with Chicago, we’d be hearing a different story, right? (Globe and Mail)
  • I’ve believed for a while that the only thing that could stop the Miami Heat from dominating is injuries — well, Mike Miller just seriously injured his right thumb. Karma’s a B, yo. (theScore.com)
  • It’s only preseason, but I just looked at the NBA standings and noticed that the Orlando Magic are 7-0 and their average margin of victory is 25 points. They’ve held their opponents to a .350 field goal percentage. Don’t sleep!
  • Assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo confirmed yesterday that Jose Calderon would open the season as the Raptors’ starting point guard. As the saying goes, it’s not who starts the game, it’s who finishes it, right? Unless, of course, both Jose and Jarrett Jack are on the floor together  in the closing minutes — in which case I’ll probably go outside and slam my head in my car door. (Fan 590)
  • No big surprise that the Raptors released Ronald Dupree yesterday — I basically assumed he was practice fodder. (Toronto Sun)
  • Jay Triano wants DeMar DeRozan to get to the free throw line eight times per game this season. Six players averaged eight or more free throw attempts per game last season: Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh. (Toronto Star)
  • Sonny Weems thinks team chemistry is a lot better this season. Have you ever heard a player say in preseason that he thinks team chemistry is worse than before? (National Post)
  • Bill Simmons talks NBA season win total over/unders in a two-part B.S. Report podcast. Even though he thinks this team will stink and he thinks Ed Davis is on the Pistons, it’s still an entertaining listen. (ESPN.com)
  • Eye Weekly covers sports now? That’s news to me. Anyway, they have a Raptors preview, for whatever it’s worth. (Eye Weekly)
  • Nobody’s more surprised than I am that Reggie Evans has been the big story for the Raptors this preseason. It appears that he’s taking a leadership role on this team in terms of demonstrating the necessity of earning playing time through maximum effort. Here’s Jay Triano on Reggie: “We have guys that play the piano and guys that carry the piano and he carries it. Do your job and let the other guys do their jobs. He knows what his role is and he’s become pretty good at it.” (Toronto Star)
  • Raptors HQ compares Reggie to another great rebounder, Dennis Rodman, and decides that starting Reggie might not be such a bad idea after all (Raptors HQ)
  • What’s with NBA players and Skittles? Derrick Rose and Lamar Odom both have Skittles machines in their houses and now we learn that Reggie is a Skittles fiend, himself. He reportedly dropped 15 pounds this past summer partially due to limiting his Skittles intake to Saturdays. (Globe and Mail)
  • This article makes it seem like Sonny Weems hasn’t been hitting his shots this preseason, but he’s actually making his shots at a .471 clip so far. We know from last season that his mid-range game should be fine, but he definitely needs to develop an accurate three-point shot and get to the rim more to draw fouls. (Toronto Sun)
  • All signs seem to point towards Jose Calderon getting the starting point guard job when the real season starts next Wednesday. Hey, if this helps his trade value in some fashion, I’m all for it. (Toronto Sun)
  • Raptors Republic breaks down a sequence from last Friday’s game against the Celtics where Andrea Bargnani didn’t fulfill his help defense responsibilities. What else is new, right? (Raptors Republic)
  • Here’s a thorough analysis of Bargnani’s preseason and a glimmer of hope that he might be improving on defense. (NBA Playbook)
  • This fantasy basketball expert thinks that Bargnani will average 20 points per game this season, so keep that in mind if you haven’t had your draft yet. (ESPN.com)