As Deron Williams prepares to miss his fourth consecutive game tonight, the Dallas Mavericks still don’t have a definite timetable on when the 11-year veteran point guard will be able to play again.
“As I said the other night we hope it’s not serious, we hope it’s more of a short-term situation, but there’s no timetable,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said after Wednesday morning’s shootaround at the American Airlines Center. “We hope it’s more of a short-term situation, but there’s no timetable.’’
Williams has a strain of the left groin and abdominal area. The native of The Colony didn’t talk after this morning’s shootaround and hasn’t played since last Wednesday’s game at Portland.
After the Mavericks’ practiced Saturday in Sacramento, Williams said of the injuries: “It’s still bothering me a little bit. It’s been bothering me for about two or three weeks now, but it’s something I could play through or something I’ve been playing through.
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“It’s giving me a little discomfort. But towards the end of the Portland game it got really bad and it hasn’t really let up since.’’
In the three games Williams has missed, J. J. Barea stepped in and scored 53 points while handing out 20 assists while shooting 22-of-43 from the field.
“He’s (been) a very valuable guy for us all year,’’ Carlisle said of Barea. “I thought (against Denver on Monday) night he played very well at both ends – he played one of his better defensive games of the year and had a bunch of assists.
“But also (Devin) Harris played well, (Raymond) Felton has had a very underrated year. Those three guys in D-Will’s absence are critical guys for us, but Barea, he’s been a constant for us as long as he’s been in a Mavs’ uniform and we need him to do what he does.’’
Williams rode the stationary bicycle this morning and will watch as the Mavericks (36-38) host the New York Knicks tonight at 7:30 at AAC.
As they continue to fight for a playoff spot, the Mavericks almost received a break Tuesday night when the Cleveland Cavaliers led the Houston Rockets by 20 points in the third quarter of that game. But the Rockets put on a furious rally and prevailed 106-100 to take over sole possession of the No. 8-seed in the Western Conference – half-a-game ahead of the Mavericks.
“I’m not paying attention to Houston,’’ Carlisle said. “We’re in our own world here and we’ve got to concentrate on what’s happening with us.
“We’ll play Houston (on April 6), but until then what matters is New York and what’s happening today. We’ve got to win today. We’re in a win today mode.’’