DALLAS _ Shawn Marion scored just two points and collected six rebounds while p'laying tonight against Denver with a broken left pinky.
Marion sustained the injury during the Dallas Mavericks' season opener Sunday against the Miami Heat. He noted that it affected his play against the Nuggets.
"Yeah, it's hurting, but I'll fight through it the best way I can,'' said Marion, who played 23 minutes and was 1-of-5 from the field. "It's going to take a litte bit, so I've got to find a way to get comfortable with it and make some adjustments.''
Like the rest of the Mavs, Marion applauded the play of free agent center Sean Williams, who erupted for 12 points and three rebounds in 11 minutes before throwing up on the bench late in the game.
"He came in and was everywhere and was very active, and we need that from him,'' Marion said. "He was attacking the basket, contesting shots and creating activity in the paint, and we need that because we've been struggling.''
Indeed, the Mavs have struggled mightily. Miami had three 30-point quarters against the Mavs on Sunday, and the Nuggets added another two on Monday.
"It's tough and it's frustrating,'' Marion said. "We've still got to get comfortable out there.
"We're not comofrtable with each other on both ends of the floor. We're still trying to learn each other's games and we kind of have a new team out there and we're trying to get acclimated, and you can tell it's not flowing the way it should be, and there's going to be some bumps.''
With five new players on their roster, bumps were expected. But not these kind.
"No one said it was going to be easy,'' Marion said."We'll have a target on our back every game.
"But once we buckle down and get that base down, everything else will take care of itself.''
-- Dwain Price
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