Dallas Mavericks

Smith strains right side of body

BROOKLYN – The Dallas Mavericks were dealt a serious blow over the weekend when backup center Greg Smith injured the right side of his body.

Smith was injured during some conditioning drills Saturday and was limited to just 10 minutes during Sunday’s 109-90 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The four-year veteran is the primary backup to Tyson Chandler, and the Mavs are already thin in that position.

It is not known if Smith will be able to play in tonight’s 6:30 p.m. game at the Barclays Center against the Brooklyn Nets.

"We’ve got to try to get him better for (tonight),’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. "He did something to his right side.

"Those guys were doing some conditioning work, playing some 3-on-3 (Saturday) and he tweaked it somehow. I’m not sure if he got hit or strained it, but we’ll work on him and try to get him ready for (tonight).’’

With Smith limited against the Cavs, the Mavs used a smaller lineup more than they really wanted to. Thus, depending on the severity of the injury to Smith, it could accelerate the Mavs’ pursuit of rounding out their roster with another big man.

In the three games before his injury, the 6-10, 260-pound Smith produced four points, eight rebounds and two blocks in 14 minutes against Oklahoma City, eight points in 21 minutes against Washington and six points and three rebounds in 25 minutes against Boston.

"We need him,’’ Carlisle said. "He’s an important guy who’s a big body.

"And he’s our biggest and strongest guy too, and that’s important for us.’’

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