DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks were more than happy that starting point guard Jose Calderon was able to return and play Tuesday night against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Calderon missed last Saturday's 112-106 loss to Minnesota with a bone bruise to his right ankle and the Mavs were a total mess without him. But on Tuesday, Calderon played 33 minutes was 4-of-5 from three-point range and finished with 12 points, one assist and no turnovers.
"He's one of the lowest turnover point guards in the league and he puts us in the right sets offensively,'' said forward Dirk Nowitzki, who tallied 25 points in the 89-82 win over Charlotte. "And then on the weakside he's one of the best shooters, and his presence means a lot to us out there.
"He was great again tonight and he grinded it out and we needed him tonight.''
During his pre-game press conferece, coach Rick Carlisle said he didn't know if Calderon was going to be able to play against the Bobcats. But he wound up making 4-of-10 baskets and forced the Bobcats into respecting his outside shot.
"He looked good to me,'' Carlisle said. "We'll see how he is tomorrow, but tonight he was vital tonight.
"He played extremely well.''
-- Dwain Price
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