Over the weekend Mavs guard Seth Curry was ruled out indefinitely with a stress reaction of his left tibia. Curry will be reevaluated weekly, and while no timetable is set for his return, Rick Carlisle suggested the guard could be ready as early as the Oct. 18 home opener.
The guard gave an update himself for the first time before Monday’s preseason game against the Orlando Magic.
“Right now it’s just about getting rest, getting off of it for a week or however long, and then seeing how it progresses from there,” Curry said. “It’s just one of those tricky things that can get worse the more pounding I put on it.”
Curry was named a starter last week, starting at shooting guard in each of the Mavs’ first three preseason games. But he said somewhere in the middle of training camp he began to felt some pain in his left shin, and he “knew something wasn’t right about it.”
“It’s frustrating,” he said. “You work so hard in the summer to get ready and then you have this injury, and then all of a sudden you’ve got to completely get off of it and rest.”
Curry said he won’t play again until there’s no further risk of the stress reaction developing into something worse.
“It’s a matter of jumping on it early and letting it heal up so I won’t have to let it bother me for a while,” he said. “That’s not smart. It’s about getting back out there when I’m fully healthy and contributing to the team.”
Second-year guard Yogi Ferrell is expected to start in Curry’s place. Ferrell earned a spot on the All-Rookie Second Team last season for the Mavericks.
Curry averaged 12.8 points and 2.7 assists per game in 2016-17 on 48.1 percent shooting from the field and 42.5 percent from beyond the arc. He averaged 8.5 points per game through three preseason contests.