Dwain Price: “It’s probably going to be the end of the season before he would be ready to play, so he’s likely done for the year. I talked to him last night. He’s in good spirits.” — Carlisle on Wesley Matthews
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Dwain Price: Carlisle on Wesley Matthews: “Our doctors said, ‘Hey, we should make 100 percent sure, take an X-ray,’ and the X-ray revealed a very small shadow and then they confirmed it yesterday on an MRI.”
Dwain Price: Rick Carlisle on Wesley Matthews: “He’s not even in a brace or a cast or anything. It’s just something where he can’t play As fractures go, it’s a pretty minor one. But it’s a fracture on your leg, so you can’t play.”
Dwain Price: Dirk on Wesley Matthews: “We feel bad for him, we think about him. But like I said, he’s a warrior. He’ll be back next season for sure.”
Shams Charania: Sources: Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews has suffered a stress fracture in his right leg and will likely miss remainder of the season. Matthews underwent further testing today and will rest and rehab the injury.
Dwain Price: Rick Carlisle said guard Wesley Matthews (right leg injury) will not be going on the upcoming 4-game road trip to the Knicks, Raptors, Nets and Pelicans. Matthews said he’ll have an MRI tomorrow.
Dwain Price: Wesley Matthews, who has missed the last two ganes with a left leg injury, is expected to play tomorrow against the Grizzlies, according to Carlisle.
Earl K. Sneed: Both Wesley Matthews (right calf tightness) and Nerlens Noel (left thumb) are active after entering the day questionable. #DALatSAS.
Earl K. Sneed: Per @MavsPR, Wesley Matthews (left foot soreness) is available to play tonight for the @Dallas Mavericks in Minnesota. #DALatMIN
Matthews suffered a right strained calf in the first half of Monday’s 100-78 loss at Air Canada Centre to the Toronto Raptors and did not play any more. After the game, when approached by a media member to discuss the injury, a terse Matthews said: “Unless you want to talk about the game, I don’t have any answers.’’
Coach Rick Carlisle didn’t sound like Matthews’ injury was anything alarming. But he also didn’t wave any pompoms, and didn’t know if the eight-year veteran will be ready to play in Wednesday’s game in Washington, DC, against the Washington Wizards. “I believe it’s a mild strain,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. “I didn’t want to risk it bringing him back. We’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow and then on Wednesday. I think he’ll be listed day-to-day, but we’ll see.’’
Eddie Sefko: Wesley Matthews (right calf strain) will not return. That’s actually good news that it’s not same Achilles he tore two years ago.
Earl K. Sneed: Wesley Matthews says he will play tonight vs. OKC after missing two games with a hip injury. #DALvsOKC
The Mavs are hopeful guard Wesley Matthews (hip) will be able to play Sunday’s against Oklahoma City. He has missed the past two games.
Mark Followill: Wesley Matthews is getting diagnostic testing done in Dallas today on his injured hip. Rick Carlisle says they don’t believe it’s serious
Earl K. Sneed: Rick Carlisle says Wesley Matthews is OUT tonight and Thursday night with a right hip strain. Andrew Bogut will play. #DALvsNYK
Matthews’ timetable is more nebulous. Matthews tore his Achilles with the Trail Blazers last March and has been recovering ever since. Even though he told Mavs Moneyball he would be ready for the season opener, it’s been unlikely that he would make that initial game, given the nature of his injury. We spoke with a doctor who treats Achilles in July who explained what exactly Matthews is going through. “Wes is going to take a little longer,” Carlisle said. “He’s not going to want to tell you that and we’re going to have to fight to keep him off the court, but we’ve got to make sure we do this the right way and that he’s really 100 percent healthy before getting in.”
As for a timeline? Say, Christmas? “I’d say there’s a possibility — I’d say it’s a definite maybe,” Carlisle said, drawing a few laughs. “It could be sooner. It’s hard to say. He was cleared for an increase in activity a week ago. His court activity has been ramped up some. He will participate in certain aspects of training camp but nothing live to start off.”
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Marc J. Spears: The Milwaukee Bucks plan to sign point guard Brandon Jennings to a second 10-day contract in the morning, a source told ESPN’s The Undefeated. Jennings is averaging 6.0 points and 5.5 assists for the Bucks.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have announced they have transferred Jamel Artis to Lakeland and assigned Rodney Purvis to Lakeland — a sign they’ll play tonight in Lakeland’s home game against the Long Island Nets.
Paired so far with Crawford and either Teague or Jones, Rose gives the Wolves another scorer alongside Crawford on the team’s second unit. “I like it,” Thibodeau said. “Like anything else, the more they’re out there together, the better it’s going to be. I like the idea of what they can do. It puts a lot of pressure on the defense because all three guys can break you down. Then you add KAT and [Nemanja Bjelica] and that puts a lot of pressure on the defense, too.”