DALLAS -- Brandan Wright still doesn't know if he'll be able to play in the Dallas Mavericks' season opener Oct. 30 against the Atlanta Hawks.
Wright has been sidelined since suffering a small non-displaced fracture of his left shoulder in an Oct. 8 practice session. But as far as playing against the Hawks, the Mavs' backup center said: "I don't know.
"I couldn't give you anything. I'm hopeful, but we'll see.''
In addition to his duties backing up starting center Samuel Dalembert, Wright also is the backup at power forward. His length, athleticism and shot-blocking abilities are very crucial to the Mavs and their abilities to hold the fort in the middle.
"I feel good,'' Wright said. "Some (workout) stuff I can do and some stuff I can't do.
"Yesterday was two weeks (since the injury), so hopefully we'll get some more movements as you get a little farther along in the healing process.''
Wright said he hasn't shot much basketball so as not to aggravate his shoulder.
"We don't want to do anything that even a little pain is involved,'' Wright said. "Like coach said a couple of weeks ago it's just Mother Nature -- it's a bone, its' got to heal up.''
-- Dwain Price
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