There has been a bit of excitement around the 2013-2014 Dallas Mavericks, but it looks as if we’ll have to wait at least one more game before they can unveil their complete “new look” roster.
#Mavs PG Jose Calderon will miss tonight’s game against New Orleans with a strained left hamstring. Gal Mekel will start in his place.
— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) October 7, 2013
Dwain Price (who is from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram) expresses the final sentiment of something we expected already, as Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle indicated that Calderon “probably” wouldn’t play in the first game as a result of the strained hamstring.
This is a small speed bump for Dallas, as Calderon is expected to recover quickly, but it does shine the spotlight a bit on just how important the former Raptors point guard is to the Mavs’ success this season. He’ll be paired with the ever-controversial Monta Ellis in the backcourt, and with that, Calderon may be asked to guard opposing shooting guards while simultaneously involving every non-Ellis player in the offense without any help from his shot-crazy counterpart.
The 31-year-old point guard is up to the task, however, and while there are valid concerns about his defensive presence (or lack thereof), no one is worried about Calderon on the offensive end, provided his hamstring is right. Stay tuned.