DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks rookie point guard Shane Larkin will finally suit up and play in his first game tonight when the Mavs host the Philadelphia 76ers at American Airlines Center.
Larkin has been out since fracturing his right ankle during a July 5 practice session, and he subsequently underwent surgery on July 16..
The 18th player in this past June draft out of Miami, Larkin is a speed merchant and was a pick-and-roll legend in college. The Mavs quickly gave him tape of ex-Mavs playmaker JJ Barea when Larkin came to town.
Larkin was all smiles in the locker room prior to tonight's 7:30 tipoff, adding that he'd already called his family and friends to notify them of the special occasion.
"This is my first game since March,'' Larkin said. "I'm excited, anxious, I've got butterflies -- all in one.
"So if I get the call to go out there I'm going to go out there and play with a lot of energy and see what happens.''
For now, Larkin will be battling rookie Gal Mekel for backup minutes at point guard behind Jose Calderon.
"He's been working really hard and we’ve been putting him through some very strenuous workouts,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "Over the weekend (in Miami and Orlando) he had a couple of workouts on both gamedays.
"I put him through both of those.''
-- Dwain Price
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