Weekend Dime by Marc Stein
The run of quality point guards confronting Steve Nash and the Suns can actually be stretched in Box 1. After the back-to-back-to-back encounters with the upper crust -- Deron Williams, Chris Paul and Tony Parker -- Nash will be hounded by the fleet Devin Harris in his return to Dallas next Wednesday, then sees Toronto in the Suns' next home game Dec. 22.
It's not yet known if T.J. Ford will be playing in a week after his harrowing fall in Atlanta, but Jose Calderon continues to be one of the NBA's best bargains at a salary just under $2.5 million.
Calderon is 10th in the league in assists at 7.6 per game … and a runaway No. 1 in assist-to-turnover ratio at 6-to-1. The closest full-time point guard to Calderon in that category is Detroit's Chauncey Billups at 3.86-to-1.