DALLAS – Within a span of a week, the Dallas Mavericks have lost three players who are expected to be in the team’s regular rotation this season.
The third player to fall victim to the injury bug is point guard Raymond Felton, who suffered a sprained right ankle with 2:28 remaining in the first quarter of Friday’s 118-109 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at American Airlines Center. Felton came down hard after driving through the lane and likely will not play in Sunday’s game against the Indiana Pacers.
"I don’t know the severity of (the injury),’’ coach Rick Carlisle said after his team fell to 0-2 in preseason play. "I know it was a little bit unusual the way it happened because he got his foot stepped on at a kind of a weird angle.
"We hope it’s not serious. I don’t’ anticipate him playing on Sunday, so we’ll update you on Monday.’’
The Mavs played with forward Dirk Nowitzki and shooting guard Monta Ellis. Nowitzki is expected to play against the Pacers after sitting out the first two preseason games with a right hip contusion.
Ellis sprained his left knee in Thursday’s practice, missed Friday’s contest and will also sit out the game against the Pacers.
The Mavs led by nine points Friday, but got outscored 35-25 in the fourth period.
Jae Crowder and Al-Farouq tallied 14 points each for the Mavs, and Richard Jefferson popped in 13. Anthony Morrow paced the Thunder (1-1) with 21 points, Steven Adams and Jeremy Lamb added 19 points apiece.
Dallas trailed 54-51 at the half.