DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks will have a full roster when they host the Orlando Magic at 7 tonight at American Airlines Center.
Guards Devin Harris (illness) and J.J. Barea (fever) shook off their ailments and went through shootaround Wednesday morning. Forward Al-Farouq Aminu also went through the shootaround practice session.
Aminu missed the past two games after spraining his left shoulder in the Mar. 10 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Mavs were cautious about his return, and were glad that it didn’t turn into something more severe.
"A shoulder is a complex joint,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. "I had a dislocated shoulder back when I played and it just takes a while – it just moves in so many different directions.
"We’re lucky. He could have gotten hit right on the AC joint and he could have had a separation, but that didn’t happen. He’s ready to go and that’s good news for us.’’
Charlie Villanueva and Richard Jefferson acquitted themselves well in sharing the minutes normally given to Aminu. But the Mavs miss all the activity, length and energy Aminu brings to the court when he comes in the game.
"It shores up our wing defense and it helps our rebounding,’’ Carlisle said. "Farouq’s an improved offensive player – that’s obvious.
"He’s just a guy that we need, and in his absence Villanueva and Jefferson are doing a really good job. We have options.’’
The Mavs also have options at the point guard spot now that Harris and Barea are back. Barea played in Monday’s 119-115 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, but didn’t come to AAC on Tuesday due to a fever.
Harris, meanwhile, left the game against the Thunder in the first half and did not return. He also stayed home Tuesday.
"It’s just something that came about,’’ Harris said of his illness. "Probably a bug or something.
"I’d rather not go into details. After my nap I should feel pretty good.’’