Saturday, February 18, 2012
Updated: February 19, 1:00 PM ET
Jason Terry expected to play
By Jeff Caplan
NEW YORK -- Jason Terry is expected to join the Dallas Mavericks in the Big Apple Saturday and should be available to play in Sunday's afternoon tip against Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks, coach Rick Carlisle said.
Terry missed the past two games, the first being Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets with a mild right quadriceps strain, and Friday's game at the Philadelphia 76ers because of personal reasons.
The Mavs won both games and ride into Madison Square Garden sporting a season-best winning streak of six games and a season-high nine games over .500.
His return will be welcomed, considering Delonte West is out of action for at least a month after he underwent surgery to stabilize a fractured right ring finger, and Rodrigue Beaubois is with his family after the death of his father.
The return of Terry, the Mavs' second-leading scorer at 14.8 points per game, could limit Dominique Jones' role. The second-year guard, however, might have been impressive enough to earn some time after two solid outings in wins over the Nuggets and Sixers.
"All things considered I'm very pleased with what he's done these two games," Carlisle said. "He's played the backup point position, he defended, he's done what we've asked within our system, so it's been very positive."
Jones has played a total of 52 minutes the past two games, nearly his prior total for the season. With six assists, four points and four rebounds in 31 minutes against the Nuggets. At Philadelphia, he led the Mavericks in scoring in the first half with seven of his 12 points. His one knock was five turnovers in 21 minutes after turning the ball over just once in the previous game.
Jeff Caplan covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com.