LOS ANGELES -- Is the jumper that O.J. Mayo called “broke” after his 1-of-13 outing in Saturday’s win over the Bulls fixed?
“It’s getting there, man,” Mayo said after Monday’s practice.
The Mavs had Easter Sunday off, but Mayo spent much of the holiday shooting in the gym. He also made a trip to Loyola Marymount to get up more shots after the Mavs arrived in Los Angeles on Monday evening, in addition to his normal post-practice and post-shootaround shooting routines.
If Mayo isn’t on against the Lakers, it won’t be due to a lack of work.
His left shoulder, however, could continue to be a negative factor. Mayo is 4-of-23 in two games since spraining the AC joint in his non-shooting shoulder while chasing a loose ball late in last week’s OT win over the Clippers.
Mayo ditched the harness he was wearing to protect the shoulder after the first quarter of Saturday’s game because he said it’s uncomfortable and affects his balance when he’s shooting. He doesn’t plan to wear it the rest of the season, although he is dealing with significant pain.
Facing the Lakers has been a major challenge for a healthy Mayo. He averaged only 11.0 points on .297 shooting -- his lowest field goal percentage against any foe other than the Bulls -- in the Mavs’ first three meetings with the Lakers.
“We all know what’s at stake,” Mayo said. “Gotta go out there and play and perform.”