Friday, October 11, 2013
Who steps up with Wright sidelined?
By Nick Borges
UPDATE: On Friday, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle spoke about Brandan Wright's shoulder injury and addressed the type of impact he anticipates it having on the team's frontcourt.
“(We’ll have to) plug other guys in. Now (DeJuan) Blair becomes more at the forefront. Sarge has to be ready. Sam (Dalembert)has to keep playing like he did the other night," the Mavs coach said, according to The Dallas Morning News. "And it gives guys like Balkman and Melo to get more minutes in the preseason.”
It's the first name Carlisle mentioned -- Blair -- who probably will take the majority of Wright's minutes. A late signing over the summer, the Mavs feel fortunate to have him to turn to. "This summer, when it was determined that (Elton) Brand was not going to be coming back, we had a real void for a real physical, strong, rebounding big man and he fills that bill," Carlisle said. "He did good things the other night and we’re going to need him to be ready. I like him."
-- Joe Kaiser
The Dallas Mavericks have lost backup forward/center Brandan Wright to a shoulder injury and he's out indefinitely. Wright suffered a non-displaced fracture to the left shoulder during practice on Tuesday and the gameplan calls for rest instead of an operation to fix the issue.
According to ESPNDallas.com, Wright will be in a sling for at least 10 days and then meet with the doctor after that. The NBA regular season tips offs in less than three weeks and there is a chance Wright won't be available.
Should Wright miss any time, his time as a backup to Dirk Nowitzki at power forward will go to DeJuan Blair or Shawn Marion if head coach Rick Carlisle slides him over from small forward. At center, Carlisle will likely give the backup minutes to Bernard James.