Jose Calderon's summer will include almost two months away from dribbling a Basketball. The Raptors point guard had surgery in Toronto on his left ring finger yesterday and it will take six to eight weeks for him to recover, the team said in a news release.
The 27-year-old, right-handed Calderon has been bothered by ligament damage in the finger for more than a year and finally has enough down time for the surgery and recuperation period.
Despite the nagging injury, Calderon still posted career bests of 12.8 points and 8.9 assists per game in 68 starts for Toronto last season.
Dwyane Wade is ailing again in the playoffs, an odd-year coincidence that he and the Miami Heat would love to escape from.
The NBA's scoring champion continued suffering yesterday from a sore and stiff back, hurting so much that even standing against a wall was a bit problematic.
Still, Wade said he'll play tonight when the Heat visit the Atlanta Hawks in a pivotal Game 5 of their Eastern Conference first-round series, tied at two games apiece.
"I'll be ready," Wade said.
Miami's playoff exits in 2005 and 2007 both came with Wade hurt.
Heat forward Jamario Moon will miss the remainder of the post-season because of a sports hernia that will require surgery, meaning he may have played his last game in a Miami uniform.
The former Raptor, who will be a free agent this summer, suffered what was diagnosed as a lower abdominal strain in Game 3 of Miami's first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks. An MRI revealed further problems, and Moon will have season-ending surgery tomorrow.
The NBA has fined three coaches for publicly criticizing referees during the playoffs.
Houston's Rick Adelman, Portland's Nate McMillan and Boston's Doc Rivers all were penalized $25,000 (U.S.).
Adelman and McMillan are facing each other in a series that the Rockets led 3-1 going into last night's Game 5. Both coaches were fined for comments after Houston wins.
Rivers was assessed a fine for comments made after Game 4, a 121-118 loss to Chicago in two overtimes that tied their series at 2-2.