Mini-Profile: Jose Calderon

Jose Calderon of Spain and now the Detroit Pistons

Jose Calderon of Spain and now the Detroit Pistons

In the first of a new series, Jose Calderon is the first to be profiled ahead of his debut with Detroit.

Twitter: @josemcalderon8

Bio:

Age- 31 (28/09/81)

Position- Point Guard

Height- 6’3″

Nationality- Spanish

Previous Teams- Toronto Raptors (2005-2013)

Season Highs:

Points- 23 (v Cleveland 18/12/12)

Assists- 18 (v Orlando 18/11/12)

3pt made- 5 (v Miami 23/01/13)

20+ Points- 4 (v Utah, Milwaulkee, Cleveland and LA Lakers)

10+ Assists- 12 (Most recent v Philadelphia 09/01/13)

Double-Doubles- 7 (Most recent 14p,11a v Philadelphia 09/01/13)

Triple-Doubles- 2 (13p,10r,10a v Indiana 13/11/12 & 18p,10r,14a v Houston 16/12/12)

Career Highs:

Points- 30 (v LA Lakers 12/02/12)

Points Per Game Average- 12.8 (Toronto 2008-09)

Assists- 19 (v Chicago 29/03/09 & v Minnesota 04/02/11 )

Honours

Olympic Silver Medallist in 2008 and 2012 (Spain)

World Championship Winner in 2006 (Spain)

European Championship Winner in 2011 (Spain)

European Championship Silver Medallist in 2003 and 2007 (Spain)

Holds Franchise record for most assists for Toronto

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Game Night! February 3rd 2013

HEAT ON FIRE IN SECOND HALF; CELTICS BATTLE ON WITHOUT RONDO AND LAKERS EDGE PAST DETROIT

Miami Heat (30-14) recovered from a sluggish first half to defeat the Toronto Raptors 100-85 on the road in a win that meant Erik Spoelstra will be head-coach in the forthcoming NBA All-Star Game.

Lebron James led the way with 30 points-8 rebounds and 7 assists but Chris Bosh was a huge factor in Miami’s second half resurgence; finishing with a 28 point haul (his best tally since Jan.10 v Portland). Bosh made a string of mid-range jumpers following the half-time interval and came up with a huge rejection on late on in the game. The Raptors (17-31) are currently off the play-offs pace but will be hoping the recruitment of Rudy Gay (via a three-team trade) can change their fortunes. The 6’8″ forward started for the first time in his second game as a Toronto player and proved to be a handful in the first half with a number of strong moves to the basket on his way to a team-high 29 points.

STAT: Ray Allen almost went pointless in consecutive games for the first time in his career but ended with a solitary point.

Boston Celtics (24-23) made it four wins in a row since losing Rajon Rondo for the season as they recorded an impressive 106-104 win against the Los Angeles Clippers (34-15) . The hosts enjoyed a comfortable 59-40 half-time lead and still led by as many as fifteen in the final quarter before Jamal Crawford inspired a revival with nine points in a 15-4 tear to set up a tense finale. However, the Celtics held on with Paul Pierce nailing a clutch three pointer in the dying seconds with Crawford’s instant response in vain as the Clippers fell short and slip to a second straight loss. Pierce top scored for the Celtics with 22 points while Crawford and Eric Bledsoe combined for 46 points for the visitors with 23 each in the continued absence of Chris Paul.

STAT: Boston shot a season-high 61.1% from three-point range making 11 of 18 attempts.

The LA Lakers made it five wins from their last six games by the slenderest of margins after holding off the Detroit Pistons 98-97. Andre Drummond had the chance to steal the win for the Pistons but his putback stayed out from the in-bound after a 14-4 run in the final quarter gave them hope. Pau Gasol (23 points-10 rebounds) and Steve Nash (11 points-10 assists) stepped up with double-double contributions with the Lakers without Dwight Howard (shoulder)

STAT: Gasol posted back-to-back 20+ points for the first time this season (season high 25 points v Toronto Jan.20)