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News » Missing 2 players, Mavs fall short Marion, Howard sit out 1st preseason game due to injuries


Missing 2 players, Mavs fall short Marion, Howard sit out 1st preseason game due to injuries


Missing 2 players, Mavs fall short Marion, Howard sit out 1st preseason game due to injuries The Mavericks hope to be one of the NBA's best running teams this season, but it doesn't work without their main runners.

Shawn Marion and Josh Howard, half of the relay team the Mavericks hope to surround Jason Kidd with, were out for the preseason opener Monday night and it was tough to get any sort of a read on the Mavericks because of it.

They were beaten by the Orlando Magic 110-105, as the shooting was poor and the fouls were plentiful at a less-than-half-full American Airlines Center.

Marion sat out with a minor right calf injury. He likely will play Friday at Washington.

Howard, recovering from what coach Rick Carlisle called a "minor reconstruction" of his left ankle, won't play until later in the preseason. Howard was in pain throughout last season and had off-season surgery on both his ankle and left wrist.

"He's made steady progress," Carlisle said. "But he has not participated in any live drills. He hasn't actually played in a scrimmage yet. We're getting closer to that.

"The hope is that he can play toward the latter part of exhibition season."

Carlisle, of course, would like as much time as possible to get Howard and Marion on the court. But he will not rush things.

"It's Mother Nature you're dealing with," Carlisle said. "He had a minor reconstruction of his left ankle. It's a significant procedure. And the prognosis is excellent. We just got to make sure we're following the right steps."

It was a typical preseason game. Dwight Howard fouled out in 23 minutes, both teams were sloppy and the Mavericks shot under 40percent.

The replacement refs called 64 fouls and 92 free throws were shot.

Vince Carter made his debut for the Magic with 21 points. Dirk Nowitzki had 23 for the Mavericks , 17 on free throws.

Welcome back: Brandon Bass made his return to Dallas memorable with a three-point play with 1:17 left to put the Magic up 105-101.

Bass said it was a bit strange going against the team he played for the last two seasons.

"I really enjoyed my time here," Bass said. "It's a little awkward. But business is business. Both teams made the decisions they thought were best."

Bass signed a four-year, $18million deal with the Magic. When he received that payday, it was well-received in the Mavericks' locker room, particularly by Jason Terry, who said Bass owed him a few bucks.

Said Bass: "Jet did take care of me while I was here. But pretty much everybody on the team owes Jet some kind of money."

Tickets available: With the economic downturn has come a slowdown in NBA ticket sales, including the Mavericks , owner Mark Cuban said.

"We still got a couple thousand left for the opener, and that's never happened," Cuban said. "People just think you can't get tickets because it's been sold out for so long. You just got to get the word out."

Cuban, who has lowered ticket prices the last two seasons, offered free tickets for the preseason opener Monday to anybody who asked for them within one hour of tip-off.

"We're a lot better off than most teams, unless you're in a huge market like LA or New York or have been in the Finals like Boston, Orlando or Cleveland," he said. "Other than that, everybody's struggling a little bit."

There's also another factor, he said.

"I think we're getting hurt a little by the Cowboys, too," Cuban said. "A lot of people spent a lot of money on those tickets."


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 7, 2009

 

 
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