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As bad as it's been for the Toronto Raptors lately, they're still faring better than the Detroit Pistons.
The Raptors will try to record their second victory over the Pistons in four days Monday night and spoil Jose Calderon's return to Toronto.
The Raptors (27-46) have dropped six of seven but won 99-82 in Detroit on Friday. Rudy Gay scored 19 of his 21 points in the third quarter of that victory, and DeMar DeRozan and Amir Johnson contributed a combined 41 points.
Toronto, though, failed to build on that victory Sunday as it shot 39.5 percent in a 109-92 loss at Washington.
"I thought we came out with a relaxed disposition and didn't come out ready to go. The guys didn't look like they were ready to move their feet defensively," coach Dwane Casey said. "We had some frustration fouls, which kind of set the tone for the course of the game."
Foul trouble helped limit Gay to 11 points - seven below his season average - and DeRozan missed 12 of 18 shots while finishing with 15. DeRozan helped the Raptors shoot 53.7 percent in the win in Detroit.
"We've just got to be focused," DeRozan said. "We've got to understand we've only got so many games left. We've got to put our mind to it and play hard every game. It's as simple as that."
Also on Sunday, Detroit (24-50) suffered its 13th loss in 14 games, 95-94 in Chicago, after blowing an early 13-point lead. Rodney Stuckey had 25 points, his second-best scoring performance of the season.
Nine of the Pistons' previous 11 losses came by double digits.
"We have to take tonight - there were a lot of good things even though we lost - and build up and get ready for Toronto tomorrow," forward Greg Monroe said.
The Raptors will try to take advantage of the Pistons' woes to earn a series-best third straight home win. DeRozan scored 23 points and Alan Anderson had 12 of his 16 in the fourth quarter in a 97-91 victory over Detroit at the Air Canada Centre on Dec. 19.
Jose Calderon had 17 assists for Toronto, but now plays for Detroit after the three-team deal Jan. 30 that also sent Gay to the Raptors from Memphis. Calderon had eight points and seven assists Friday, his first game against the club with which he spent the first seven-and-a-half years of his career.
Monroe scored a career-high 35 points in the loss in December and has averaged 19.3 points and 11.4 rebounds in his last seven games in the series.
It's unclear if Pistons starting forward Jason Maxiell and reserve guard Will Bynum will be available. Maxiell stayed in Detroit over the weekend to get his eye examined and Bynum has missed the past three games with a hand injury.
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Pistons guard Jose Calderon had only ever been a member of the Toronto Raptors before being dealt to Detroit in a three-team deal on Jan. 30. Calderon spent the better part of seven seasons in Toronto and when he returned as a visitor on Monday night, he fell back into old habits.
Both teams use the same tunnel in the Air Canada Centre, and as they walked to the locker room at...
Former Toronto Raptors guard Jose Calderon let his old habits take over when the Detroit Pistons were at the Air Canada Center to play his former team. Calderon was absent-mindedly walking to the locker room when it had to be pointed out to him that he was heading to the wrong locker room. His old teammates got a good laugh out of it and Calderon knew he was destined for YouTube...
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Jose Calderon was traded to the Detroit Pistons earlier this season after spending seven and a half seasons with the Toronto Raptors. He made the walk to the home team locker room at the Air Canada Centre hundreds of times in the past so I think he can be excused for this gaffe in his first game back since the trade. His reaction when he realized the camera was on him is hilarious...
Former Raptor, Jose Calderon, returned to the Air Canada Centre Monday night for the first time since being traded to the Pistons in January, and the point guard naturally started to follow his former teammates to the wrong room following halftime before catching himself and turning around . I mean he did spend 7 1/2 seasons in Toronto, so we’ll give him a break.
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