Saturday January 3 2009 – 2:30pm Eastern
Jose Calderon and Jermaine O’Neal are doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Orlando Magic.
O’Neal did not take part in Wednesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets and then missed Toronto’s practice on Thursday and the game-day shoot-around on Friday. He was held out of action for the second-straight game, last night, against the Houston Rockets.
O’Neal didn’t participate in the Raptors’ workout earlier today either.
Calderon injured his hamstring in the 1st quarter of last night’s win. He tried to come back in the 2nd quarter but quickly came out of the game again and did not return to action. He is scheduled to have an MRI later today and should know the results by this evening – or first thing in the morning at the very least.
Calderon missed two games earlier this season – with a similar hamstring injury – but he’s saying right now that his current situation seems better than what he experienced back in November.
No matter what the MRI says, it’s probably a good bet that both he and O’Neal will miss Sunday’s tilt against Orlando.
The Raptors play on the back-to-back on Monday – in Milwaukee – so the status of both players could be quite questionable for that game as well.
Jonesy and I will be on the air on Sunday at 12:05pm with the pre game show; the tip-off comes right around 12:35pm