Dallas Mavericks Struggle in Jose Calderon’s Absence
After Jose Calderon left Friday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, the Dallas Mavericks let a 15-point lead disappear as they lost 88-87. Nursing an ankle injury, Calderon sat out against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night as the Mavs suffered their second home loss of the young season.
Gal Mekel got the start in place of the injured Calderon, and it wasn’t quite the same. Mekel did have seven assists, but he only had six points on 3-of-12 shooting from the field. Rookie Shane Larkin filled in as the backup — a role he’s become quite accustomed to playing.
The Mavs have four point guards on the roster, but for the first several weeks of the season, only Calderon and Mekel were available. Larkin had broken his ankle during a summer league practice and Devin Harris has yet to play due to an injured toe.
Larkin seemed to have assert himself as the No. 2 point guard on the depth chart behind Calderon. Since his return, he’s been the first point guard off the bench each night. Coach Rick Carlisle, however, decided to start the Israeli point guard over Larkin.
Either way, the point guard position didn’t have a very productive night on the offensive end. Mekel and Larkin combined for only 10 points against Minnesota, and they had eight assists. The bright spot, though, is that during the 43 minutes they played, they only accounted for one Mavs turnover. Dallas has to hope Calderon returns and returns fast though.