Dallas Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton will be sidelined for 10 days with a high right ankle sprain.
The 10-year veteran suffered the injury late in the first quarter of this past Friday’s 118-109 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder and had to be helped off the court.
"It’s a pretty bad one, so we’ve got to deal with it the right way,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said after Sunday morning’s shootaround at American Airlines Center. "Ten days from now we’ll give you an update as to where he’s at.’’
Acquired June 25 in a trade with the New York Knicks, Felton was expected to compete with Jameer Nelson as the Mavs’ starting point guard. Particularly since Carlisle would rather have Devin Harris come off the bench with the second unit.
Thus, every day Felton sits gives Nelson an excellent shot at securing that coveted starting point guard spot.
In the first two preseason games, Nelson has 10 points, nine rebounds, four assists and five turnovers and is 4-of-12 from the field in 41 minutes. Carlisle was particularly pleased with the way he performed against the Thunder when he collected seven points on 3-of-6 shooting.
"Jameer, in the third quarter, got it going offensively in pick-and-rolls,’’ Carlisle said. "We’ve just got to understand what his game is, what his strengths are.
"He’s real good in the pick-and-roll and he’s a good one-on-one player. So we’ve got to take advantage of those things.’’
Especially since Felton is slated to miss at least the next four preseason games.