DALLAS -- All systems are finally go for Jose Calderon as he will be the starting point guard for the Dallas Mavericks when they play the Charlotte Bobcats at 6:30 Saturday night at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.
Calderon missed the first four preseason games while recuperating from a strained left hamstring. But the nine-year veteran has rehabbed enough to where the Mavs feel he's ready to get in a live basketball action.
As far as how well Calderon performed in the Mavs' final practice Friday before they flew to North Carolina, coach Rick Carlisle said: "He did well and was unrestricted, so he's good for tomorrow
barring any last minute things. But I think he’s doing fine.’’
Carlisle said he wasn't sure if Calderon's minutes would be limited until he talks with head athletic trainer Casey Smith.
"We’re not going to play him full game minutes, but we need to get him a good run and get his legs going and get his rhythm going,'' Carlisle said. "And I don’t think there’s going to be an issue with his conditioning because he’s been playing a lot over a long-term basis.
"So this period of time is probably a good rest period for him as much as anything.''
With just four preseason games left, it's wise for the Mavs to get Calderon indoctrinated with the other four starters before the regular season starts Oct. 30 against the Atlanta Hawks.
"It’s important, but I don’t think it's going to take long,'' Carlisle said. "He's been following what we’re doing.
"He's a very smart player and he’s going to fit in easily and well.’’
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