Apparently Jose Calderon’s injured right arm isn’t as healed as previously thought.
According to Pistons.com's Keith Langlois, the Detroit Pistons point guard will sit out Wednesday night’s clash with the Boston Celtics due to continued soreness in that right arm.
No Jose Calderon tonight - sore right arm. Rodney Stuckey starts.— Keith Langlois (@Keith_Langlois) April 3, 2013
The 31-year-old Spaniard has been dealing with a tendon injury in his arm for the better part of a week. Though he has not missed any notable time with the injury prior to Wednesday, he has had difficulty shooting the ball. Coach Lawrence Frank said on March 31 that Calderon could not shoot late in the Pistons’ 95-94 loss to the Bulls:
Calderon with some sort of tendon injury to right arm. LFrank says he couldn't shoot when open on last-minute possession down 3— Keith Langlois (@Keith_Langlois) April 1, 2013
Acquired midseason by the Pistons in a trade with the Toronto Raptors, Calderon came back with a torrid performance against his old team just one night later. He scored 19 points and dished nine assists, taking over in stretches of Detroit’s double-digit victory.
Following that game, it was thought Calderon’s arm issues were a thing of the past. If Wednesday’s absence is any indication, that certainly is not the case.
Since coming over from Toronto, Calderon has been an integral force for the Pistons offense. He's averaging 11.9 points and 6.7 assists since coming over, taking over the ball-handling reins almost completely from Brandon Knight.
That’s allowed the young guard to play more comfortably on the floor while allowing for a mini-renaissance for Calderon. Though he was seen mostly as an expiring contract when brought over, Calderon’s comfort with this team makes re-signing him an interesting possibility.
And with Detroit far out of the playoff picture, there is little reason for the Pistons to risk Calderon’s health.
As was the case on Wednesday, Rodney Stuckey will replace Calderon in the starting lineup for as long as he’s out. Knight will shift over to the point guard spot, with Stuckey handling shooting guard duties.