Daniels to miss at least two weeks with strained neck

DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks guard Marquis Daniels will miss
at least two weeks because of a strained neck that has been slow to

Daniels was hurt Dec. 15 on a flagrant foul by Phoenix center
Kurt Thomas. He missed the next two games, played one, then missed
three more. He came back for four games, then reaggravated the
injury Thursday and hasn't played since.

"We just want to give it time to settle down," Dallas coach
Avery Johnson said before a game Saturday night against Minnesota.
"That hit he took from Kurt Thomas was pretty, pretty hard. He
tried to come back, but is still pretty sore."

Daniels is averaging 12.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists
in 34.4 minutes over 27 games.

A two-week layoff would mean a return during a five-game road
trip played mostly on the West Coast.