Dallas Mavericks

Harris injures left leg during win over Minnesota

DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks’ point guard position received another nasty jolt Monday night at Americna Airlines Center when Devin Harris injured his left leg after Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic fell on him late during the 100-94 victory over the Timberwolves.

X-rays taken on Harris’ leg were negative, but the weight of the 6-11, 295-pound Pekovic landing on him still stings.

"I’ve just got to wait and see how it responds,’’ Harris said. "Any time you get a big guy like that laying down on you, you’re a little bit concerned.

"Just ankle and knee. Got to see how it responds tomorrow and kind of just go from there.’’

The injury occurred with less than three minutes left in the game. Harris even got up and hobbled up the court for the ensuing play after Pekovic landed on him.

But it was clear that he was in pain, and he was replaced by J.J. Barea with 2:10 to go.

"When (Pekovic) hit the top of my leg first, I was trying to squeeze my ankle out of there before he came down and he just kind of caught it at an awkward angle and just kind of twisted it up,’’ Harris said. "That’s all I really can say about it.’’

Coach Rick Carlisle didn’t have much to add to the equation.

"I don’t know anything yet other than what I saw, which is a guy fell on his leg and it looked like he got twisted around,’’ Carlisle said. "We will get it checked out and we will see.

"Hopefully it isn’t bad.’’

Not that any time is a good time, but Harris’ injury comes at an awful time for the Mavs, who will be without starting point guard Rajon Rondo for the next two games at the least. Rondo suffered an orbital fracture to his left eye and a nasal fracture after teammate Richard Jefferson accidently kneed him during last Saturday’s 108-93 win in Orlando.

With Rondo out, will Harris fell pressure to play in Wednesday’s huge game in Oakland against the top-heavy Golden State Warriors? Especially since Raymond Felton and Barea are now the only remaining two healthy point guards on the Mavs’ roster?

"If I can, I will,’’ he said. "Obviously if I can’t, then I can’t.

"I’ll see how it goes through the night. If I can run and I can cut, obviously I’ll play.’’

In addition to Warriors’ point guard Stephen Curry, and Mavs also have upcoming games Saturday against Damian Lillard and the Portland, and next Monday against Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers.

"It’s great to be in the West,’’ Harris said. "It’s a different challenge every night and obviously it’s something that you look forward to.

"It’ll be a big challenge for us, but I think with the guys that we have we’ll definitely be up for it and obviously we’ve got to play well.’’

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