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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Calderon (facial injury) will play vs. OKC

By Tim MacMahon

DALLAS -- Mavericks point guard Jose Calderon will play Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, two days after suffering a facial injury.

“We’re fortunate,” coach Rick Carlisle said after Calderon participated in the Mavs’ shootaround. “It could have been much worse.”

Calderon left Sunday’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets after being accidentally hit in the face by rookie center Mason Plumlee’s forearm in the opening minute. There was some bleeding, but Calderon did not need to get any stitches and did not lose any teeth.

Calderon said before the game that he did chip a bone in his face, but he won't wear a mask for protection.

"It was between my teeth and between my nose, so I don’t know what kind of bone is there, but there’s no treatment," Calderon said. "Nothing, it’s going to be all right."