On – 22 Oct, 2017 By Scott Rogust
We are two games into the NBA season, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are already dealing with an injury.
That injury belongs to a player who is way too familiar to the injury bug, and that’s Derrick Rose. The 10-year veteran is out this Saturday against the Orlando Magic after rolling his left ankle during this past Friday’s matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks.
With that, it was next man up on the already deep Cavaliers depth chart. That next man up is Jose Calderon, who will be the starting point guard for the Cavs against the Magic.
New story: Ty Lue said he assumes Derrick Rose is out Saturday and he’ll start Jose Calderon in his place https://t.co/BVM5tJWqCl
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) October 21, 2017
The 36-year-old veteran will take this start as a golden opportunity to prove his worth on this Cleveland team with high aspirations.
Rose has proven to be very injury prone in recent years, which doesn’t help when perpetual starter Isaiah Thomas is out with a hip injury.
This is the epitome of “make or break” for Calderon.
While Calderon’s stats have dropped off in recent memory, the veteran has never had this much talent on a team before.
Calderon became a standout with the Toronto Raptors back in the day, where he averaged 10.0 points and 7.2 assists per game. However, his statistics dropped off after suffering a left Achilles tendon injury during his final year with the New York Knicks.
After that, Calderon has failed to average more than four points per game. However, the Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, and Atlanta Hawks did not have the talent that the Cavaliers boast.
— Eli Mooneyham (@Eli_Mooneyham) October 21, 2017
Playing with the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Kevin Love can help create an uptick in his statistics. Not to mention, earning a spot on a team who are the perennial favorites of the Eastern Conference.
If Calderon does have a successful start with the Cavaliers, he can essentially prove that he is the starting point guard over Derrick Rose, as long as Isaiah Thomas is out.