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Calderon takes over: 'This is my team'

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07:51 AM ET 12.17 | In Toronto, someone had to step up, and that someone has become, at least for now, Jose Calderon. With Calderon's steady hand on the tiller -- 18 points, 14 assists, 10 rebounds and nary a turnover in nearly 37 minutes -- the Raptors won their second game in a row on Sunday, pulling out a 103-96 victory over the Houston Rockets, as significant a win as they've had this year. In a post-game interview, Calderon alluded to wanting to be the most professional player in the game, the definition is clear. "I made up my mind, I want to be the guy, I'm here, this is my team," said the eight-year vet. ... "I want to win with this team until somebody says something different, it doesn't matter how long I'm on the court."

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December 17, 2012  08:04 AM ET

Go to the lakers.

December 17, 2012  08:08 AM ET

Say you wanna be to L.A bro...

December 17, 2012  08:20 AM ET

Ain't no stopping the mighty Raptors. Two game winning streak will extend to well 2.

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December 17, 2012  08:51 AM ET

Bargnani said " Raptors is the worst team in the NBA."
But Raptors won 2 in a row without him.....

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December 17, 2012  09:40 AM ET

There is a quote from the movie On the Waterfront. Lee J. Cobb says it. It could apply to the Raptors and Calderon's statement. "You want it! You can have it".

December 17, 2012  09:52 AM ET

Be Careful For What You Ask For, Bro.

December 17, 2012  10:12 AM ET

Every point gaurd should have that mentality. I hope Bargani doesn't see this as a knock on his leadership but rather use it as inspiration to step up his team play and defensive effort.

December 17, 2012  10:42 AM ET

If its Jose's team then they are in big trouble. lol

December 17, 2012  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

There is a quote from the movie On the Waterfront. Lee J. Cobb says it. It could apply to the Raptors and Calderon's statement. "You want it! You can have it".

I could have been a contender................I could have been somebody..........

December 17, 2012  11:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Every point gaurd should have that mentality. I hope Bargani doesn't see this as a knock on his leadership but rather use it as inspiration to step up his team play and defensive effort.

What leadership?

December 17, 2012  01:02 PM ET

This isn't the worst team in the NBA...but it's close.

December 17, 2012  01:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Go to the lakers.

They can have him...he's a worse defender than Nash and that's saying a lot.

December 17, 2012  01:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Bargnani said " Raptors is the worst team in the NBA."But Raptors won 2 in a row without him.....

Says a lot.
Winning is a lot easier when you don't have one of your two bigs at the top of the key shooting three (and missing a lot lately), and not getting any rebounds.

December 17, 2012  01:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Every point gaurd should have that mentality. I hope Bargani doesn't see this as a knock on his leadership but rather use it as inspiration to step up his team play and defensive effort.

Trying to inspire Bargnani is like getting blood from a stone.

December 17, 2012  01:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

If its Jose's team then they are in big trouble. lol

uhm... they are terrible, and one of the worst in the league...<sarcastic LOL>...what BIGGER trouble can they be in?

I guess you just were trying to be profound...hope I didn't ruin it.

December 17, 2012  01:36 PM ET
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They can have him...he's a worse defender than Nash and that's saying a lot.

True.
However, he is an unselfish PG that plays the way one should offensively; passing is his first option, not shooting.

December 17, 2012  01:40 PM ET

On a side note;
Glad to see I haven't read any ignorant comments about how "Toronto should leave Canada and come to some (P.O.S. back-water, hillbilly) city in the states with no way to economically maintain a team, let alone achieve some type of mediocre success.

...but I'll wait, I'm sure those comments will be posted.

 
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