After playing an ineffective 16 minutes during the game 1 loss, totaling only 7 points and 2 assists; Calderon played 28 important minutes, finishing with 12 points and 5 assists in the win.
Besides doing what he was brought in to do – hit shots and create – he did it at a crucial time.
Behind a Manu Ginobili led comeback, the Dallas Mavericks found their once 15 points lead cut down to only five at halftime. The San Antonio Spurs had all the momentum.
The Mavericks needed an answer to stop another Spurs rally, and Calderon answered the bell. He scored all his 12 points in the third period, hitting five straight shots in the process, including a 3-pointer and a free throw.
His performance that period and the Mavericks as a whole, propelled them to the game 2 win.
Interestingly, all of Calderon’s point this series have come in the third period.
For Dallas to be at their best and continue to compete against the Spurs, the Mavericks will need their starting point guard to continue to be a factor, preferably through all four quarters.
If not, Devin Harris will have to play a larger role at point guard.