The Mavericks might be getting more than one player back
when the playoffs roll around.
Caron Butler has said he plans on being ready to play by
May, and on Wednesday, rookie Dominique Jones said he, too, expects to be
physically fit by playoff time.
Jones had a screw inserted in his right foot to correct a
stress fracture. He likened the procedure to what Milwaukee’s Brandon
Jennings had done earlier this season.
“And he’s back already,’’ Jones
said. “Playoffs, I’ll be back.
“The MRI made it easy to see. A month ago, it started
aching. I didn’t know what it was. I just thought it was because I was
working out a lot and running a lot. But it was a little crack in my bone. I
really wasn’t playing any this year anyway so the best thing was to get
the screw in there now and make sure it’s taken care of. I should be out
six more weeks, eight more weeks.’’
The surgery was the most prudent way to go, Jones said. He
wasn’t in the Mavericks’ playing rotation and had spent as much
time with the Texas Legends of the D-League as he had with the Mavericks.
“It was good to take care of it now,’’ he
said. “I could have sat out for a month and let it heal that way, but
then it’s something that could have recurred. So just put a screw in it
and make sure it’s right.’’