DALLAS -– Because of his importance to the Dallas Mavericks, coach Rick Carlisle has been studying what’s going on with center Chris Kaman.
This past Saturday against Charlotte, Kaman played his first game of the season after recovering from a strained right calf. From early indication, Kaman got out of the game unscatched after scoring 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting and grabbing four rebounds in 20 minutes.
“He seems to be doing well,’’ Carlisle said after Monday’s shootaround at American Airlines Center.
“The key thing is moving him in the direction of 100 percent health.
“He’s gotten a couple of good days and we’ll get ready for tonight and hopefully it’ll go well again tonight.’’
The Mavs host Portland at 7:30 tonight at the AAC. And since the Trail Blazers have a tall and athletic front line – led by Seagoville native LaMarcus Aldridge – this will be a stiff challenge to see if Kaman can stay with some of the more mobile Blazers.
“Day-to-day we just keep working on it,’’ Carlisle said. “We’ve just got to make sure we’re getting him the right amount of minutes and we’re not throwing him in there too much.
“And yet we want to build him up and get his conditioning to where it needs to be. So it’s a process we’ve got to go through.’’
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