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Jose Calderon Injury: Updates on Knicks Star's Knee and Return

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJanuary 24, 2015

New York Knicks guard Jose Calderon (3) reacts during the first during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Jessica Hill/Associated Press

Knicks point guard Jose Calderon injured his knee on Jan. 23 against the Magic. He's questionable for New York's Wednesday, Jan. 28 game vs. Oklahoma City.

Continue for updates.


Calderon to Return vs. Thunder

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Jose Calderon will play against the Thunder, according to Al Iannazzone of Newsday.


Calderon Injures Knee vs. Magic

Friday, Jan. 23 

New York Knicks point guard Jose Calderon left Friday's game against the Orlando Magic with a knee injury. 

The Knicks provided details on the injury:

ESPN NY's Ian Begley passed along comments from head coach Derek Fisher, who doesn't seem to think the injury is significant:

Ian Begley @IanBegley

Fisher says Calderon's knee injury is believed to be a contusion. Nothing serious.

When healthy, Calderon is one of the most reliable point guards in the league. Although he doesn't do any one thing in spectacular fashion, he is deadly accurate as a shooter, finds open teammates and takes extremely good care of the ball.

"He’s a leader from a point guard position, somebody who can make plays, make shots,” J.R. Smith said in November, via the New York Post's Fred Kerber. “He puts a lot of threat on our offensive end, makes other teams have to respect that.”

Calderon missed just 10 total games in the previous two seasons, but a calf injury kept him sidelined for almost all of November, and it seems the wear and tear of nine-plus years in the NBA is starting to take its toll on the 33-year-old.

If the veteran Spaniard is forced to miss a significant amount of time, Shane Larkin and Pablo Prigioni will fill in at point guard. The rest of New York's deep backcourtSmith, Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr.should also see a slight uptick in minutes.

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