DALLAS -- Shawn Marion said Friday morning's shootaround in Indiana will go a long ways towards determining if he'll play in Friday night's game against the Pacers.
The Mavs (5-4) will face the Pacers (3-6) at 6 p.m. Friday in Indianapolis.
Marion has missed the last five Dallas Mavericks game while trying to recover from a sprained left medial collateral ligament. The Mavs have gone 2-3 without Marion, who has been receiving steady treatment for his left knee.
Marion went through practice Thursday at American Airlines Center, but cautioned that he will not rush back onto the court for fear of having a relapse.
"I did everything today,'' Marion said. "We didn’t really have too much contact, but I was able to go through everything.
"It was some pain, but I was able to get through it. It’s OK.''
Marion averages eight points and a team-high nine rebounds. The Mavs have also missed his solid defensive play.
However, Marion was hesitant to admit to saying if he's sure he'll play Friday.
"We’re going to see,'' he said. "I think we’re going to treat and work out again in the morning and see how it feels tomorrow.
"If it feels like I can fight through some stuff tomorrow, then I’m going to give it a shot.''
-- Dwain Price
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