DALLAS -- Jose Calderon was slated to miss the Dallas Mavericks' first three preseason games and be ready to finally play by the fourth game, which is Wednesday night in Indiana.
But after Monday morning's shootaround at American Airlines Center, coach Rick Carlisle was coy when asked if his No. 1 point guard will be healthy enough to play against the Pacers.
"He's doing well,'' Carlisle said. "I don't know if he's going to play Wednesday or not. He might.''
Calderon strained his left hamstring in the Mavs' second practice on Oct. 2. He missed the two preseason games against New Orleans and Memphis, and will also be sidelined for tonight's home game against Orlando, which tips off at 7:30.
In Calderon's absence, rookie Gal Mekel has turned the ball over nine times in two games and hasn't looked comfortable on the floor. The point guard situation is exacerbated by the fact that Devin Harris (toe) and Shane Larkin (ankle) are recuperating from surgery and may not play at all during the preseason.
Meanwhile, it's been difficult to tell exactly what the Mavs have without Calderon.
"He's defnitely going to be our starting point guard, and we know that,'' forward Vince Carter said of Calderon. "It'll be great to get him going and get him comfortable.
"But I think this is big for Gal as well, because he's going to play some important minutes throughout the year at the point guard position. So I think getting him comfortable is key, also.''
-- Dwain Price
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