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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Mavericks' guard Devin Harris has setback


By on 12/18/2013 11:30:00 AM

The Dallas Mavericks are 14-10 and in third place in the Southwest Division, despite playing the entire season without veteran point guard Devin Harris. It appears the team will be without him for additional time after a setback from left foot surgery.

As reported by Brad Townsend at dallasnews.com, Harris went to New York on Monday to see the specialist who performed his surgery.  Harris suffered a dislocated left big toe while playing with the Atlanta Hawks last season.  The injury was misdiagnosed and Harris continued to play through it.  Although the follow-up visit did not reveal any damage in the foot, the team will be cautious and cut back his workouts because of recent soreness he's had in the foot.
.“I think we’re putting the brakes on, obviously, for a little bit,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Tuesday. “He needs a little time to heal a little bit more, let that thing settle down.”
Harris was signed by the Mavericks in July and was cleared to practice on December 2. But a few days later, he experienced pain in the area. Carlisle knows that Harris will eventually get back to a full schedule, but the team has to be patient and make sure Harris stays the course on his rehab before getting back on the court.
“He was doing some good things until he had the setback. With this kind of surgery, it was an unusual procedure, very unconventional, very different kind of situation. It’s a situation that’s not shocking. We’ve just got to stay the course and get it right.”
Jose Calderon and Shane Larkin have been manning the point in Harris' absence.  Expect Harris to gradually work his way back into the mix upon his return, sharing time on the court with Larkin and Calderon.  Harris is in his 10th season out of Wisconsin.  Last season, he averaged 9.9 points and 3.4 assists per game. In 601 career games, Harris is averaging 12.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.


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