Dallas Mavericks

Nelson could play Tuesday against the Bulls

CHICAGO – Jameer Nelson thought he was fit enough to play in this past Saturday’s game in Philadelphia. Now, the Dallas Mavericks’ starting point guard believes he’s ready to play in Tuesday’s game in Chicago.

"I practiced today and we’ll see how it goes tomorrow,’’ Nelson said after Monday’s practice at Quest Multisport Complex. "I plan on playing.’’

Nelson has missed the past three games due to back spasms. But he insists: "Everything has calmed down, so it’s positive.

"You don’t know exactly what it is until it calms all the way down.’’

Coach Rick Carlisle isn’t prepared to officially declare Nelson fit to play against the Bulls.

"He’s doing better,’’ Carlisle said. "We’ll let you know tomorrow on exactly where things are at.

"He went through a lot of (the practice sessions today) and seems to be doing pretty well.’’

Nelson has experienced an ailment similar during his 10-year tenure with the Orlando Magic.

"It wasn’t spasms in a game (this time), it just was tight that morning and I tweaked it in practice and it just locked up on me,’’ Nelson said. "This happened before, but once every five or six years.

"It probably won’t happen again.’’

Nelson, 32, figures he’s gotten off much easier than when he first started feeling some pain in his back.

"I’m fortunate that it wasn’t as serious as how it felt,’’ he said. "It’s just one of those things where you can’t really do anything without your back.

"You can’t laugh, joke, you can’t run, obviously can’t jump or anything like that. These (Mavs training staff) guys, they do a great job of giving you the right exercises and helping you to get back on the court.

Nelson just hopes he’s back on the court in time for Tuesday’s game against the Bulls.