Calderon (coach's decision) didn't see the floor Monday in the Pistons' 100-94 loss to the Jazz. Coach Dwane Casey deployed a six-man bench in the narrow loss, but Calderon failed to see any action for the first time since Nov. 30 with Ish Smith (groin) returning to the second unit following a five-week absence. With Smith now locked in as the clear backup to starting point guard Reggie Jackson, Calderon is unlikely to earn any playing time outside of blowouts. While Smith was sidelined for 19 straight games, Calderon hadn't offered much fantasy intrigue with averages of 3.6 points, 3.8 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 19.2 minutes per contest during that stretch.
Calderon collected five points (2-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), eight assists, three steals, and two rebounds in 24 minutes during Saturday's 113-104 win over the Celtics. Calderon has accumulated 26 assists over the last four games, plus he managed a season high steal total in this one. Despite fouling out, the 37-year-old veteran ended up earning as many minutes as starting point guard Reggie Jackson, and Calderon continues to step up in the absence of Ish Smith (groin).
Calderon had zero points (0-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt), two assists, and one rebound in 13 minutes during Wednesday's 115-92 loss to the Bucks. Calderon has seen double-digit minutes in nine of his 14 appearances this season. Given that Ish Smith strained his groin and is scheduled to undergo and MRI on Thursday, Calderon has a decent chance to earn another helping of double-digit minutes in Friday's matchup with the 76ers. With that being said, it's also possible that coach Dwane Casey will instead turn to rookie Bruce Brown, whom Casey has praised for his point guard skills and played 26 minutes in this one.
Calderon scrapped his way to one point and one assist in 18 minutes during Wednesday's 97-91 preseason victory over the Thunder. Calderon started for the resting Reggie Jackson but was barely visible in 18 minutes of playing time. The move was likely a matter of keeping Ish Smith running with the second unit and is no indication that Calderon will play any major minutes for the Pistons. He is not a fantasy option anywhere at this stage.
Calderon will start at point guard for Wednesday's preseason tilt with the Thunder, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports. Reggie Jackson is getting the night off for rest purposes and coach Dwane Casey wants to keep Ish Smith in the same role he's expected to serve once the regular season arrives. As a result, Calderon gets the call with the top unit and should see a solid workload Wednesday. Still, Calderon is a veteran, so his placement in the starting five doesn't guarantee he'll see significant minutes against the Thunder.
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