Mavs' Schedule Helps, But Devin Harris Still Hurt

While the Mavs should be getting healthier, they’re health has suffered a setback.

How’s that?

After a frenzied early schedule that featured seven back-to-backs, Dallas has propped up its feet in the last week. Only one game in the six days, and it was against the NBA-worst Milwaukee Bucks. Now the Mavs tonight get the struggling Grizzlies, who are under .500, have lost four in a row and are coming off last night’s loss to the Lakers. Then on Friday the 9-13 Raptors come to American Airlines Center.

No reason to think the Mavs shouldn’t be 16-10 – well, they should be at least 17-9 after blowing huge leads at Atlanta and Golden State – as they head into a tough next week with games against Phoenix, Houston and the Spurs.

But, unfortunately, they’ll head into that trip – and likely 2014 – without Devin Harris.

After ramping up his practicing and conditioning, it seemed like the speedy guard was on the verge of making his debut. Until a setback.

“I think we’re putting the brakes on obviously with him a little bit,” head coach Rick Carlisle told reporters Tuesday. “He needs a little time to heal a little bit more and let that thing settle down. In due time, he’ll be back to the full schedule of stuff. He was doing some good things until he had the setback.”

Harris, who had his toe surgically repaired last summer, went Monday to New York after experiencing swelling and pain as he increased his workload.

For now that means more time at backup point guard for the platoon of Shane Larkin and Gal Mekel.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently writes a sports/guy stuff blog at and lives in McKinney with his fiancee, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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