Jose Calderon has been as proficient a point guard as the Dallas Mavericks could have hoped for this season. Averaging 10.8 points per game, 5.1 assists, 2.1 rebounds and .9 steals Calderon is the quarterback of this high-powered offense. Dallas is averaging 105.5 points per game this year and shooting 46.9 percent from the field.
The fact that Calderon left Friday night’s game with the Atlanta Hawks because of an ankle injury is alarming in and of itself. However, when you break it down even further it’s extremely discouraging.
Calderon left the game with 3:34 remaining in the third quarter. At this point of the game, Dallas held a 70-57 lead over the hometown Hawks. After his departure from the game, Dallas was outscored 31-17. While Calderon was in the game, Dallas only committed nine turnovers. In the final 15 minutes of the game after he left, Dallas committed nine turnovers.
Dallas finished the 2012-13 season with an even 41-41 record, and part of that was due to the fact they didn’t have a point guard that could run the offense and help spread the floor for their playmakers. When Calderon was brought in this offseason, part of the reason was so he could help spread the floor for Dirk Nowtizki.
There’s no diagnosis just yet on the ankle of Calderon nor his playing status. I’m sure we will learn something in the next day or two. However, it is safe to speculate that if he misses any length of time Dallas might struggle a little bit. Backing up Calderon for Dallas are two rookies – Gal Mekel and Shane Larkin. Although Mekel is a former Israeli Champion his playing time has been drastically cut since Larkin returned for Dallas. It’s probably a good bet that if Calderon misses time Mekel’s minutes will see a drastic increase behind Larkin.