Marion originally bruised the shoulder and his ribs when he crashed to the court in the Mavs’ Jan. 7 over the Los Angeles Lakers. He missed four games and has averaged 10.0 points and 5.9 rebounds since his return, but coach Rick Carlisle said Marion has been dealing with constant pain.
“It’s not a setback,” Carlisle said. “It’s just not there.”
In his place, the Mavericks will start Jae Crowder. Crowder has averaged 20.3 points and has a 52.8 shooting percentage in just 22 games this season. Head Coach Rick Carlisle isn’t worried about Crowder starting in place of Marion at all it seems.
“He’s been a solid guy for us,” Carlisle said. “This obviously bumps him into more minutes. We need him to be solid and play without fouling and play his game and go from there. From there, I’m not sure exactly where the rotation goes. We’re going to have to have a lot of guys ready.”