Practice Report: Shawn MarionMavs F Shawn Marion says he plans to play Wednesday night against the Clippers, talks about how anxious he is to get Devin Harris back and more.
DALLAS — Already feeling good about themselves while riding a three-game winning streak, the Dallas Mavericks received some positive news during Tuesday’s practice before embarking away from home for the next two outings.
Stepping on the practice court with both veteran point guard Devin Harris and four-time All-Star Star Shawn Marion, the Mavericks (23-16) learned that they could soon be fully intact for the first time this season. However, with Harris still not ready for game action, that will not be the case until the Mavs return from their brief road trip.
After rehabbing from offseason toe surgery, Harris has yet to see action this season following a setback. He’ll now continue to go through a week of full-contact drills before determining his playing status going forward.
“Devin is doing good. He’s getting better and better and he’s on the right path,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “I’m encouraged. He’s moving well, and it’s been a process where we’ve had to do a pushback and kind of restart it. He’s done everything that he’s supposed to and he’s getting where he needs to get, so we’re getting closer but it won’t happen this week.”
But, while Harris isn’t expected to make his long-awaited season debut when the Mavs travel to Los Angeles and Phoenix, the team could still receive a boost as Marion tries to return from a four-game absence due to bruised upper ribs and a right shoulder contusion.
Without Marion in the lineup the last four games, the Mavs have had to make up for the void of not having their top perimeter defender and leading rebounder. Still, after nearing a return Monday night when the Mavs sprinted to a 107-88 home victory over Orlando without the versatile forward, Marion fully expects to be back in uniform to assist the Mavs in running their wining streak to four.
“I’m fatigued, but it didn’t get worse,” said Marion, who is averaging 11.3 points and 7.2 rebounds in his 35 games played this season. “I’m just a little stiff right now, but other than that I feel fine. You know, I went through the whole practice and it was cool. We’ve got a lot of activity out there, and I was able to get through the whole practice today.”
He added: “I think it’s something I can tolerate now, so I’m just going to give it a go. I plan on playing, as long as I don’t have any other problems tonight. … I was real close (Monday), but I couldn’t dunk where I could simply stretch my arm out without any pain. I did today, but I was able to fight through it a little bit easier, so we’ll see. I can’t sit out any longer. It’s tolerable, so I’m going to give it a go so I can help my team on this road trip.”
Getting Marion back Wednesday should help the Mavs when they attempt to avenge a 119-112 home defeat at the hands of the L.A. Clippers in Dallas on Jan. 3. And after losing the first battle against the Clippers (26-13) earlier this month in a game in which All-Star point guard Chris Paul went down with a separated right shoulder, the Mavericks hope to make the proper adjustments as they try to take advantage of Paul’s absence.
Practice Report: Rick CarlisleMavs head coach Rick Carlisle says Devin Harris is still a few games away from being ready, talks about how important the next couple of games are, Shawn Marion's health and more.