Dallas Mavericks

Carlisle has Felton “in the mix’’ for game against the Spurs

DALLAS – After sitting and watching for the majority of this season, point guard Raymond Felton could see some valuable playing time starting with Tuesday’s home game against the San Antonio Spurs.

Felton gave the Mavs a spark during Sunday’s 98-92 loss to the Phoenix Suns. He scored three points in five minutes, but was very active at both ends of the floor.

With J. J. Barea (sprained left ankle) out for the game against the Spurs, and Devin Harris (illness) listed as questionable, Felton is the only other healthy point guard on the roster behind Rajon Rondo.

"Ray’s going to be in the mix for a couple of reasons,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. "I think Devin is probably questionable for tomorrow -- I think there’s a chance he could play.

"Barea is out, so with Barea out Raymond is certainly one of our good options with the way he played (Sunday) night.’’

Felton fell way behind the other point guards when he missed the first 31 games of the regular season after he sprained his left ankle on Oct. 18 in the first quarter of the Mavs’ second preseason game against Oklahoma City. Carlisle likes the way Felton remained professional while playing limited minutes – if he played at all – during the past 40 games.

Overall, Felton has played in just 21 games and averaged 2.1 points and 1.1 assists in only 6.5 minutes per contest.

"He’s kept himself ready, he’s been a positive guy all year,’’ Carlisle said. "(Sunday) night he came in there and played his heart out for five or six minutes or whatever it was, and he gave us a lift, so I know he’s ready.’’