ATLANTA -- Dallas Mavericks point guard Jose Calderon hobbled from the training room Friday night to a spot in front of his locker so he could talk to the media.
The chat didn't last long. And it mostly consisted of how did Calderon injure his right ankle against the Atlanta Hawks, and when did it happen.
Calderon only knew that it happened in the second quarter and that he gutted it out in the third quarter until his body no longer would allow him to partake in a game the Mavs eventually lost, 88-87.
Calderon's final exit with 3:20 left in the third quarter didn't seem like it would have an adverse effect on the Mavs, who were leading 70-55 at the time. However, after the Mavs' starting point guard went to the showers, the Mavs were just 5-of-25 from the field and turned the ball over nine times while scoring just 17 points.
"It had a lot of impact, obviously,'' coach Rick Carlisle said of Calderon's departure. "He had a good game going, and losing an experienced player, other guys got to be ready.''
The backups to Calderon are rookies Shane Larkin and Gal Mekel, and they combined to manufacture no points, one assist and four turnovers. In other words, they failed miserably.
“You've got to give (the Hawks) credit,'' said forward Dirk Nowitzki. "They saw Jose was not there and they started jumping some of our pick-and-rolls and we turned the ball over.''
Calderon was enjoying a solid game before he left as he scored all 16 of his points in the first half on 5-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-5 from three-point range.
"I was feeling really good out there,'' Calderon said. "But right now and after we lost and all that stuff it's not a great day.
"Not a great day at all.''
Calderon said his ankle has a little swelling, and he's anxious to see how it respond to treatment on Saturday.
"I don't really remember which play (he injured the ankle), it's just that it was getting worst and worst and that's why I had to stop,'' Calderon said. "On the X-rays we couldn't see anything, so that's good news.''
When asked if he'll be able to play Saturday night at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Calderon said: "If there is nothing there, for sure. Nothing that can get worst, yes.
"Let's wait until tomorrow and we'll figure it out. I dodn't know. I really don't know right now. But if I'm good I'll play for sure.''
-- Dwain Price
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