DALLAS -- As soon as he got hit on his left shoulder during last Tuesday's practice, Brandan Wright immediately knew something was amiss.
"I felt a little something,'' the Dallas Mavericks' backup center/power forward said Monday morning. "I knew something had happened, but I thought it was a bruise or something and I would shake it off.
"But I still felt it a couple of hours later, and the next day.''
Two days after Wright's initial contact with a teammate, an MRI revealed he has a small non-displaced fracture of his left shoulder. Wright will be sidelined indefinitely and will be evaluated on a weekly basis.
"There's no timetable,'' Wright said of his eventual return. "I'm just taking it day-by-day really and see where it goes.
"This is just a healing thing, that's all it is. You know how it is with bone -- that's what it comes down to.''
The injury comes with some frustration for Wright, who put on 15 pounds over the offseason so he can better deal with the bigger players who play center and power forward in the NBA.
"When you get a fracture there's nothing you can do,'' Wright said. "You can't build bone.
"It's a little frustrating, but at the same time I've been in this for a long time and I know what I need to do to get ready to come back, and that's the goal. I'm not really concerned, I'm not down on myself, I'm just going to keep working to get better.''
-- Dwain Price
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