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Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Vince Carter out with sprained foot

By Jeff Caplan
ESPNDallas.com

LOS ANGELES -- Injured Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Vince Carter will miss Wednesday's game at the Los Angeles Clippers, coach Rick Carlisle said, and it would appear that Carter's availability for the following two road games is also in jeopardy.

Carter sprained his left foot in Monday's 73-70 loss at the Los Angeles Lakers while making a move to his right to get off a game-tying 3-point attempt at the buzzer. He got the shot off, but missed.

Carter said he stepped wrong and heard a "pop." X-rays taken at Staples Center revealed no break. Carter did not attend the team's Tuesday practice at a local community college, but he will, for now, remain with the team.

"He's doing a little better today, but other than that he's not expected to play tomorrow," Carlisle said. "We'll see how this thing goes the next day or so and we'll make a decision on whether to keep him here or not."

Dallas, which had its five-game win streak snapped Monday, caps a back-to-back Thursday at the Utah Jazz and then plays at the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday.

Carter, who turns 35 on Jan. 26, is the Mavs' second-leading scorer off the bench behind Jason Terry, averaging 9.5 points a game and shooting a team-best 44.4 percent from the 3-point range.

"It's a loss, a significant loss for us right now," Carlisle said.

The veteran in his first season with the Mavs had provided a dimension at shooting guard with post-ups and one-on-one penetrations that the team has not had during Carlisle's four seasons. Carter has also split time at small forward, which, Carlisle said, could possibly open more minutes for Lamar Odom if Carter is out an extended period of time.

Rodrigue Beaubois, who has bounced in and out of the rotation, would also likely see an increase his role.

Jeff Caplan covers the Mavs for ESPNDallas.com.