Jan 7, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks small forward Shawn Marion (0) is injured during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks' Shawn Marion to miss two-game road trip


Dallas Mavericks’ forward Shawn Marion will not be with the team as they start a two-game road trip against the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night.

He will also miss Friday’s contest in New Orleans against the Pelicans.

“He’s banged up,” Mavericks’ head coach Rick Carlisle told Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas. “He’s in an uncomfortable state right now. He’s hurting, but to my knowledge, there was no serious things from the diagnostic tests. He’s just got some bad bruises from hitting the floor hard.”

Marion was injured during the Mavericks’ 110-97 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night. During the second quarter, Marion got tangled up with Lakers’ big man Pau Gasol and went down to the ground. Mavericks’ forward Dirk Nowitzki classified the play as a “hard fall.”

Marion, a 15-year veteran, is averaging 11.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He is considered to be the Mavericks’ best defensive player.

Marion will likely be replaced in the starting lineup by Wayne Ellington. Ellington is averaging 2.3 points, 0.6 rebounds and 0.4 assists in just 7.8 minutes per game.

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