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Nowitzki says Mavs plan to stick with Jose Calderon… but for how long?

Apr 22, 2014, 3:15 PM EST

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Jose Calderon can’t guard Tony Parker. During the regular season Parker torched Calderon, so at the start of Game 1 in the playoffs the Mavericks tried to use Shawn Marion on Parker… which might have worked with 28-year-old Matrix. However, the 35-year-old version can’t do the job as well.

Parker got 9 first quarter points on 4-of-6 shooting. Parker was also key to the 19-2 run at the end of the game that gave San Antonio a come from behind win to take a 1-0 series lead. All game long Parker off the pick-and-roll was a problem for Dallas — the Mavs switched everything but the veteran Parker just found the mismatch and exploited it.

Calderon struggled and Devin Harris played well off the bench behind Calderon, so….

No.

Don’t even think it Dirk Nowitzki told Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com.

“We’re rolling the way we’re set up,” Nowitzki said. “Jose has been our starter the whole year. We’ve got to start the game off a little better. I think we were a little slow and we were down eight or 10 pretty quick there in the first quarter, so we’ve got to be a little better there, but Jose is our starter. He’s the guy that puts us in our plays and we’re rolling with it.”

We should note that Dallas coach Rick Carlisle was much more coy about changes, as coaches tend to be discussing strategy in the playoffs.

I expect we’ll see Calderon start Game 2 Wednesday in San Antonio. However Carlisle benched him from the middle of the third quarter on and expect Carlisle to have a quick trigger again. If Harris is playing well we will see a lot Harris and other matchups.

The question is does it matter how Carlisle arranges his pawns on the board when Gregg Popovich is playing with knights, bishops and rooks?

  1. fanofthegame79 - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    “The question is does it matter how Carlisle arranges his pawns on the board when Gregg Popovich is playing with knights, bishops and rooks?”

    It was a closer game than this last sentence is making it out to be. If it wasn’t for that last spurt, the Spurs would have (and could have) lost game 1 at home. I’m sure the Spurs will win this series, but give credit where credit is due: The Mavs played well.

    • moseskkim - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      but what if the pawns all get to the other side and become queens? then what happens, huh? hahaha

  2. duhwighthoward - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    I didn’t recognize Devin Harris at first. That dude got fat and slow!

  3. elcapitanfiscal - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    That was Boris Diaw not Harris.

  4. dacapt704 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    No one can stay in front of Tony Parker…there’s a reason he will be in the Hall of Fame

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