UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels
Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas reports Shawn Marion is planning to make his return tonight as the Mavericks travel to Indiana to take on the Pacers. He has missed five games with a knee injury.
"I'm gonna give it a shot," Marion told reporters after the morning shootaround in Indiana.
Getting Marion back should provide a boost to the 5-4 Mavericks, who are still awaiting the return of Dirk Nowitzki as well. Fantasy owners might want to wait one game to make sure Marion is back to full strength before putting him in their lineups, though.
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UPDATE: Thursday, November 15 at 3:00 p.m. ET by Alex Kay
Marion has been dealing with a sprained MCL for a while now without any concrete information on when he might return, but coach Rick Carlisle is ready to give him a chance on Friday against the Indiana Pacers.
According to Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com, the versatile forward's availability will be determined after the pre-game shootaround on Friday.
Rick Carlisle says Shawn Marion's availability vs. Indiana will be determined Friday after shootaround.— Earl K. Sneed (@EKS_MavsNBA) November 15, 2012
The 5-4 Mavericks would love to have Marion back in the lineup for the 7:00 p.m. ET tip-off.
We'll let you know his status as soon as it's available, so check back here often for the latest updates.
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UPDATE: Thursday, November 15 at 8:40 a.m. ET
Good news for Mavs fans as Shawn Marion will at least make the team's road trip this weekend, according to FOX Sports' Sam Amico.
Mavs F Shawn Marion (knee - sprained MCL) will make trip to Indiana and Cleveland this weekend. Marion has missed past 5 games.— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) November 15, 2012
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UPDATE: Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 12:15 p.m. ET by Adam Wells
As the Mavericks continue to struggle, their hopes of getting Marion back anytime soon don't look good.
According to Jeff Caplan of NBA.com, Marion is not likely to return this week and there is no indication when he will be back.
Mavs obviously miss Dirk, but @matrix31 been a HUGE loss defensively. Talked to him briefly Mon. Unsure of return. Not likely this week.— Jeff Caplan (@Caplan_NBA) November 13, 2012
The Mavs have lost three straight games and have allowed more than 100 points four times already. The defense has been scuffling without Marion in the lineup, so they need him back healthy as soon as possible to right the ship.
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UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 12, at 1:15 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
Shawn Marion (sprained left MCL) did not go through shootaround and is out tonight vs. Minnesota.— Earl K. Sneed (@EKS_MavsNBA) November 12, 2012
This injury is now going on a week. While this likely remains less than serious, Mavs fans will obviously be watching this situation very closely.
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UPDATE: Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 2:05 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos
Shawn Marion's injury will force him to watch the Dallas Mavericks' next few games.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Dwain Price reported the following on Marion's condition:
Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion will miss at least the next three games after spraining the left medial collateral ligament during Monday's 114-91 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
With Marion and Dirk Nowitzki both out due to injury, the Mavericks are seriously lacking veteran leadership and frontcourt depth. This will be a difficult stretch of games for Dallas.
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Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com tweeted the update.
Left knee strain for Shawn Marion. Out for the rest of the night.— Earl K. Sneed (@EKS_MavsNBA) November 6, 2012
As I type, this game is under two minutes from completion and the Mavericks have a comfortable lead. Marion's services will not be missed on this night, and hopefully that is the true reason he is not going to re-enter this game.
The quick announcement that this is just a strain points to that being the case, and hopefully he will not suffer a prolonged absence. That said, I wouldn't be shocked if the Mavs give his 34-year-old knees some time off as it is so early in a long season.
Marion put in 24 minutes before leaving with the injury. They were some quality minutes, too. The 13-year pro was 4-of-6 from the field with eight points, seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal.
This is fairly consistent with his production in this young season as Marion has gotten off to a strong start, showing his rare ability to do a little of everything.
That ability would be sorely missed by the Mavs if he was forced to miss some time. Marion's versatility gives coach Rick Carlisle plenty of lineup flexibility, and Marion is the kind of player the Mavs couldn't replace with any one player on their roster.