Marion originally bruised the shoulder and his ribs when he crashed to the court in the Mavs’ Jan. 7 over the Los Angeles Lakers. He missed four games and has averaged 10.0 points and 5.9 rebounds since his return, but coach Rick Carlisle said Marion has been dealing with constant pain.
“It’s not a setback,” Carlisle said. “It’s just not there.”
Jae Crowder will start in Marion’s place and match up with Kings small forward Rudy Gay, who has averaged 20.3 points on 52.8 percent shooting in 22 games since being traded to Sacramento. The Mavs are 5-1 when in Crowder’s starts this season.
“He’s been a solid guy for us,” Carlisle said. “This obviously bumps him into more minutes. We need him to be solid and play without fouling and play his game and go from there. From there, I’m not sure exactly where the rotation goes. We’re going to have to have a lot of guys ready.”