Mavs hoping to get Shawn Marion back for L.A.
Soreness that Marion has maintained for weeks has been caused by wear-and-tear due to this compacted schedule appears to be just that. He missed his second consecutive game Monday night and his status for Wednesday's home game against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers remains uncertain.
Marion is the Mavs' top perimeter defender and he has been spectacular against Bryant this season, holding the league's leading scorer to 14.5 points in two games and to under 30 percent shooting.
"We have to hope we get Marion back because it’s going to be very hard to matchup with Bryant without him," coach Rick Carlisle said.
Mavs starting center Brendan Haywood is scheduled to miss his third of at least five games with a sprained right knee.
Guard Delonte West appears to be on the home stretch regarding his return from a fractured ring finger that required surgery. He was cleared Monday to begin light basketball activities, although there remains no timetable for his return.
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