It’s been a while since eight-year NBA veteran Jose Calderon faced an NBA team he has never played against but that is what happened Friday night.



A mainstay in Toronto’s lineup for the past 71/2 seasons until both he and Ed Davis were dealt Jan. 31 on a very emotional night in Atlanta as part of the Rudy Gay trade, Calderon tipped off against the Raptors, the only team he had never faced in his NBA career.

And just as he did for all of those seven-plus seasons in Toronto, Calderon gave it his very best.

Matched up against Kyle Lowry, neither player dominated the night. Lowry out-assisted Calderon 11-7 but the Pistons’ point guard held a slight edge in the scoring department, 8-4.

But a strong first half by big men Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas and an even stronger second half by wings DeMar DeRozan and Gay, who finished with 21 each, paced the Raptors to a 99-82 win.

For Calderon, though, an even bigger test awaits when he heads to Toronto as a visitor in a couple of days.

As Calderon well knows having watched Chris Bosh and Morris Peterson and countless others return to Toronto in a different uniform, playing one’s old team is one thing. Playing them in a place you called home for so long is quite another.

“I think it’s going to be a little more interesting in a few days,” Calderon said looking ahead to Monday’s Toronto homecoming. “I mean, here it’s going to be weird because I played a lot of years for (the Raptors) but being here in Detroit, when you get on the court, you are concentrating on what you are doing for your team and your teammates, so you’re not thinking too much. In Toronto, it could be a little bit different.”