TORONTO -- Center Samuel Dalembert will play tonight when the Dallas Mavericks (25-18) meet the Toronto Raptors (20-20) at 6 at the Air Canada Centre.
The Mavs orginally said Dalembert strained his left shoulder in Monday's game at Cleveland. However, X-rays taken revealed that it was just a bruise.
"They just said it's a bruise and they saw the bruise, so I'm good,'' Dalembert said after Wednesday morning's shootaround. "I can manage the pain.
"I just don't want it to be like a rotator thing, or something like that, and some old injury show up that I had before. I just don't want it to be a big problem.''
Dalembert said the injury likely happened in the second quarter under the basket when players were jostling for position.
"I iced it at halftime and I tried to go with it,'' Dalembert said. "And after that I felt the pain when I lifted up (the arm), so I was like, 'You know what, let me slow down a little bit.'
"'The pain is manageable. It's just that you don't want to aggravate it and in the long run you have more problems.''
Dalembert did all the normal drills during shootaround Wednesday without any issues. Meanwhile, coach Rick Carlisle knows the Mavs are a much different team without Dalembert's length and girth.
"He went through everything (today), so it looks good,'' Carlisle said. "This guy has a lot of pride.
"He hasn't missed a game all year. He's been available for every game and he wants to be available, and that's great.''
Dalembert has missed just two games all season -- one when he was suspended for being late to practice and one when Carlisle decided not to play him. In 41 games, Dalembert is averaging 6.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and a team-high 1.15 blocks per game.
-- Dwain Price
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