DALLAS -- A few weeks ago, guard Devin Harris talked encouragingly about being able to play in his first game of the season with the Dallas Mavericks before Christmas.
Now, with only four games left before Christmas, that's not going to happen.
Harris has encountered a setback in his bid to get on the court. So much so that the Mavs don't even have a timetable for his return.
"I think we're putting the breaks on, obviously, with him a little bit,'' coach Rick Carlisle said after Tuesday's practice. "He needs a little time to heal a little bit more and let that foot settle down.
"In due time he'll be back to the full schedule of stuff. He was doing some good things until he got the setback.''
Harris underwent toe surgery on his left foot over the summer and had been making significant progress to the point where he was almost sure he was going to be able to give the Mavs a nice Christmas present with his return to the court. But now, he may not be back until sometimes in January.
"With this kind of surgury it's an unusual procedure, very unconventional, very different kind of situation,'' Carlisle said. "He's not doing any live stuff right now.''
And the Mavs aren't sure when Harris will be able to do any live activity.
"He went back to the doctor yesterday,'' Carlisle said. The timetable for him being back to full activity, I'm not sure of.
"But it's a situation that's not shocking. It's just we've just got to stay the course and get him right.''
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