Friday, March 29, 2013
Mayo on the side?
By Tom Carpenter
The only Dallas Mavericks player to take part in every game this season is O.J. Mayo, but that streak may be in jeopardy due to a left shoulder injury that he sustained Tuesday when he dived into courtside seats to save a ball. He was undergoing an MRI on the joint Friday, according to ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon.
“He’s sore,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “He’s been one of our soldiers. He’s played hurt all year long. He took a pretty good hit on it in the Clipper game late and it’s bothering him, so we’re going to get it looked at and make sure it’s something that isn't a serious injury.
“The hope is that it’s not and he can continue to play, but we’ll see.”
Mayo has been a true iron man throughout his five-year NBA career, as he has missed just a single game as a pro. In fact, he played Thursday evening against the Indiana Pacers with a shoulder harness and went through Friday morning's non-contact practice. The Mavs' next game is Saturday against the Chicago Bulls, so there should be an update before game time nears. Vince Carter probably would get the biggest boost in production if Mayo does sit out.