X-rays negative; Marion uncertain

March, 9, 2011
3/09/11
10:53
PM CT
NEW ORLEANS -- The good news regarding Shawn Marion is that X-rays of his bruised ribs were negative. The bad news is he took a shot to the rib cage in the same spot that was already sore from a bruise that occurred in Phoenix prior to the All-Star break.

Marion was clearly in discomfort after Wednesday's highly disappointing, 93-92 loss to the New Orleans Hornets, who played without Chris Paul.

His status for Thursday night's game against Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks is unclear at this point, but it would seem hard to imagine him rebounding from a shot to the ribs just 22 hours later. He said it was difficult for him to breath and that his ribs were tender.

“I hit a spot that was already tender,” said Marion, who bruised his ribs in Phoenix prior to the All-Star break. “I got a knee or a camera right there on the side. It hit directly in my rib cage. It’s real tender, but I’ll be all right.”

The Mavs could be down their top two small forwards Thursday night. Peja Stojakovic missed Wednesday's game with a stiff neck and his status is unclear. That would put the onus of guarding Anthony on DeShawn Stevenson and newcomer Corey Brewer, who has played just 22 minutes in four games and was a DNP-CD against the Hornets.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Rick Carlisle

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett at Mavericks media day to discuss his expectations for the upcoming season.

Galloway & Company: Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Mavericks' new GM Gersson Rosas and much more.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Mark Cuban talk

Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss Mark Cuban's comments from Las Vegas about the Mavericks' offseason, how he sees the team without Dwight Howard and more.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Marc Stein

Marc Stein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why the Mavericks didn't want to match Cleveland's offer to Andrew Bynum, what's next for the Mavs and the possibility of Dirk Nowitzki ending his career elsewhere.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: The Standoff

Jeff Platt fires quick-hitters at Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon in the weekly sports standoff about Andrew Bynum, the Mavs' current backcourt, a potential Nelson Cruz suspension and more.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Ramona Shelburne

ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why she thinks Andrew Bynum got a bad rap in Los Angeles and how he would fit in with the Mavericks.

Fitzsimmons and Durrett: Buy or sell

Buy, sell or hold? If Dwight Howard goes to another team, what are the Mavs' options? The guys take a look at a list of potential fallback options.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Marc Stein

ESPN's Marc Stein joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the latest news on the Mavericks' meeting with Dwight Howard.

TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.6 2.7 0.9 32.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsS. Dalembert 6.8
AssistsM. Ellis 5.8
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.2