DALLAS -- Shawn Marion admits he is fatigued, but the Dallas Mavericks' small forward will play in Wednesday's game in Los Angeles against the Clippers.
Marion missed the previous four games after suffering from a bruised right shoulder and bruised upper ribs during a Jan. 7 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. The 15-year veteran has been receiving constant treatment and believes now is the time to get back on the court.
"I think I'm just a little stiff right now, but other than that I feel fine,'' Marion said after Tuesday's practice. "I went through the whole practice, and it was cool.
"We got a lot of activity out there and I was able to get through the whole practice today.''
The Mavs went 3-1 without Marion, losing to San Antonio and winning against New Orleans (twice) and Orlando. But they know they're a much better team with their premier one-on-one defender on the floor.
"He practiced and went through everything, and I think he's still sore,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "I think he wants to play, so I think it looks good for playing tomorrow, but we'll see.''
After Carlisle said that, Marion told the media of his plans, although he admits he's still dealing with a little pain.
"I think it's something that I can tolerate now, so I'm just going to give it a go,'' Marion said. "I plan on playing.''
-- Dwain Price
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