Practice Report: Brandan WrightMavs forward/center Brandan Wright weighs in on his health, how close he is to returning to the court, the rehab process and more.
DALLAS — Although he won’t be able to help the Dallas Mavericks end their two-game slide when the team returns to action Wednesday night against the Golden State Warriors, big man Brandan Wright appears to be nearing his long-awaited return to the court.
Sidelined since fracturing his left shoulder after leading the Mavericks (9-6) with 14 points in the preseason debut against New Orleans on Oct. 7, Wright was seen taking jump shots following the team’s Tuesday practice. And with hopes of returning to full-contact drills next week, the 6-foot-10 former North Carolina standout gave his team some welcomed news after Monday’s 110-96 home loss to Denver.
“My body feels good. My shoulder feels better,” Wright said. “I think I’ll be able to get on the court sometime next week. I can’t give you a game time, but I should be able to get on the floor with the team probably next week sometime.
“That’s the goal. I mean, I’ve already been on the court doing things — running, agility and shooting. But the next step is to be able to take contact and the next step after that will be playing a game.”
With Wright still in street clothes, however, the Mavs will try to bounce back after falling to defeat for first time this season on their own home floor. And with the high-octane Warriors (8-6) coming to town on the second night of a back-to-back following a stop in New Orleans Tuesday, Wright hopes to see more from his teammates on the Dallas bench in order to help get the Mavs back on track.
Meanwhile, coach Rick Carlisle just hopes that the collective will of his team increases as the Mavs try to avoid dropping three straight games.
“It’s tough, man, because our bench has been struggling a little bit. We need a punch. We need a spark. But I know we’ll be ready to go tomorrow,” Wright said. “We fell off the last two games, but we’ve got to be heightened tomorrow. This is going to be a good team, even though they’re coming off a back-to-back.”
“We’ve got to play at full capacity in terms of our energy and helping each other,” Carlisle added. “You know, we didn’t do that last night. Golden State is a great offensive team. I mean, they’ve got guys with a lot of ability. They’ve got the ability to jump over you and hit long shots. They’ve got post-up guys, they’ve got iso guys, they pass it good and they guard. I consider them a top-echelon team in the West, and we’re going to have to be real good and real tied together to beat them.”
Note: The Mavericks return to action Wednesday night when they play host to the Golden State Warriors at American Airlines Center. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.
Practice Report: Rick CarlisleMavs head coach Rick Carlisle looks ahead to Wednesday's matchup against the Warriors, says the team needs to play with more energy, improve on the defensive end and more.