DALLAS -- Whenever point guard Jose Calderon returns from that bone bruise to his right ankle, teammate Dirk Nowitzki has a message for him.
Shoot the ball!
Calderon is averaging 11.1 points and 4.9 assists, and is shooting 44.5 percent from the field. He also is 12th in the NBA in three-point shooting at 47.8 percent.
Calderon tallied 16 points in the first half of last Friday's 88-87 loss in Atlanta before he retired for the night with what an MRI later revealed was a bone bruise to his right ankle.
The nine-year veteran is listed as a gametime decision for Tuesday's game against Charlotte. And since Calderon was 4-of-7 from three-point range against Atlanta, Nowitzki believes the native of Spain needs to consider hoisting up a few more shots.
"He played great in Atlanta, he had a great rhythm,'' Nowitzki said. "I think we're even a better team when he looks for his shot instead of passing up a shot all the time.
"But if he comes out aggressive and is looking to shoot, we’re pretty tough to stop.''
-- Dwain Price
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