Friday March 27 2009 – 11:40am Eastern (Toronto, ON)
THE BULLDOG IS BACK?
Pops Mensah-Bonsu (aka – The British Bulldog) took part in this morning’s shoot-around and should be good to go for tonight’s tilt against Oklahoma City.
Head Coach Jay Triano said Pops will be re-evaluated before the game to see if the knee has flared up again at all. If not, he’ll be in the line up -VS- the Thunder.
Jose Calderon should be fine for tonight as well. Despite dislocating one of his fingers on Wednesday night (the team was calling it a “jam”) he was able to finish the tilt against the Bucks and the injury won’t set him back tonight.
Calderon admitted that it’s sore – but that he’s fine. And Triano mentioned the fact that once the adrenalin kicks in for these guys (on the floor – during the game) things tend to not hurt as much.
SPEAKING OF JOSE
In addition to a noticeable difference in his defence over the past week or two, take a look at some of the offensive numbers Calderon has been posting as well:
* 5 GAMES *
He had 19 points and 11 assists against Milwaukee on Wednesday – doing a solid job against Ramon Sessions. But the Spanish guard will have his hands full tonight against a very quick (and big) guard in Russell Westbrook.
After beating the Raptors on December to improve to 3-24, the Thunder then lost 5 more in a row to fall to a woeful 3-29 overall.
However, while a 20-51 record is brutal, do the math and look at what they’ve done since starting 3-29.
Okay, I’ll do it for ya: Oklahoma City is 17-22 since that point. Not bad for a young team … in the Western Conference too.