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José Calderón to return tonight, Bargnani suffers setback

joseThe Knicks are about to get some much-needed reinforcements. José Calderón, who has missed the first 13 games of the season with a calf strain, is expected to return for tonight’s game against the 76ers. The Knicks traded their best defensive player, Tyson Chandler, for Calderón in the offseason, and as you would expect, the move has done more harm than good with the 33 year-old Spaniard sitting on the bench in street clothes. Calderón is a poor defender, but a strong offensive player and a fantastic shooter, so he should give the Knicks a boost as they continue to grapple with the Triangle Offense.

However, Andrea Bargnani, also expected to return tonight from his hamstring injury, suffered a calf strain of his own in practice today, and will not return tonight (or, one would assume, for at least a couple weeks, given the length of Calderón’s absence).

-Tommy Rothman

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José Calderón out 2-3 weeks

New York Knicks Vs. Toronto Raptors pre-season

José Calderón is off to, as Clyde Frazier would say, an “auspicious start” as a Knick.

The Spanish PG, acquired in the Tyson Chandler trade, was a late scratch from Wednesday’s home opener, but an MRI Thursday revealed a calf strain, which will cost Calderón 2-3 weeks (at least… you never know with the Knicks). This is frustrating for Knicks fans; Calderón is an important player, he cost us our best interior defender (and our interior defense is looking suspect so far), and these kinds of injuries can be nagging. Hopefully Shane Larkin steps up in José’s absence, and Calderón can return before too long. -Tommy Rothman