Brandon Bass could be a sorely missed player tonight if a sprained left ankle keeps him out. As he limped off the court after testing the ankle during Monday's morning shootaround, he said he wasn't sure if he would play.
Bass has been solid in the Mavs' first three games and the 6-foot-8, 240-pounder would be a key defender and rebounder against the Rockets' big front line. The Mavs are already without center Erick Dampier (shoulder), their best offensive rebounder, and 6-8 Devean George (foot). Devin Harris (thigh) is a game-time decision.
The third-year forward out of LSU twisted the ankle on one of his big blocks in the third quarter Saturday against the Kings. He came back in so the injury didn't appear to be anything significant.
We'll see if he suits up tonight.
-- Jeff Caplan