The hits just keep on coming for the Dallas Mavericks. And in their case, that’s not a good thing.
Center Andrew Bogut added his name to the list of the Mavericks’ walking wounded as coach Rick Carlisle said the 7-foot center will miss at least the next three games with a right knee injury. Bogut sustained the injury late in the first quarter of Monday’s game against Charlotte when Hornets center Roy Hibbert accidently fell into him.
Bogut hobbled off the court and to the dressing room and didn’t return to a game the Mavericks eventually lost, 109-101.
"He’s getting an MRI now, so we’ll know more later,’’ Carlisle said after Tuesday’s practice. "My understanding is that the prognosis is that this is not going to be terribly serious.
"He’s going to miss some time. We’ll probably know better in a day or two how much time, but I don’t see him playing (Wednesday), Friday or Saturday for sure. And probably longer.’’
The Mavericks (4-16) host Sacramento on Wednesday and Indiana on Friday, and will play at Houston on Saturday.
Dirk Nowitzki (strained right Achilles), J. J. Barea (stained left calf) and Seth Curry (sprained right knee) are already on the mend for the Mavs.
"Seth is doing better, he’s progressing,’’ Carlisle said. "He’s probably listed as doubtful for tomorrow, but if he’s doing better he’ll be upgraded to questionable for tomorrow -- I think that’s unlikely.’’
The Mavericks do not have a timetable for the return of Nowitzki and Barea.