PHOENIX – Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes said it’s possible he’ll be able to play in the team’s home opener on Saturday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
“It’s possible, just like there was a possibility I was going to play today,” Barnes said following Wednesday morning’s shootaround. “We’ll just see how it goes, and once I’m back I should be 100 percent.”
Barnes missed all four of the Mavs’ preseason games after straining his right hamstring during the first week of training camp last month. The seven-year veteran will miss tonight’s regular season opener against the Phoenix Suns – tipoff is at 9:30 p.m. CT – but hopes to go through a full practice session on Friday in preparation for the game against the Timberwolves.
“I’m feeling good and making progress,” Barnes said. “I’m just relying on the training staff to get me back.
“They said it was going to be four weeks kind of when it happened — I was pushing for three. Hamstrings are kind of tricky that way. I was trying to be patient. I get a little stir crazy, especially because I haven’t played in a month. I’m trying to just stay locked in and help the guys the best I can from the sidelines.”