DALLAS -- Brandan Wright said he's ready to become an impact player again for the Dallas Mavericks.
After a long layoff, Wright will play in his first game of the season tonight when the Mavs host the Milwaukee Bucks at 7:30 at American Airlines Center. The 6-10 center/power forward has been out since suffering a small non-displaced fracture of his left shoulder in practice on Oct. 8.
But in the locker room prior to tonight's game, Wright said he's fit and ready to go.
"I'm good to go,'' Wright said. "The shootaround (this morning) went well.''
Wright returns on a night when the Mavs will be without Dirk Nowitzki, who has an illness. However, Wright noted that the Mavs still should be able to defeat the Bucks without Nowitzki.
"We just got to play,'' Wright said. "We've been in this situation before.
"Everybody has to step up.''
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