Mavs rookie Smith Jr. sidelined with hip injury
NBA.com Global on Dec 10, 2017 07:59 AM
FILE - WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 7: Dennis Smith Jr. #1 of the Dallas Mavericks dunks against the Washington Wizards on November 7, 2017 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. will miss at least two games due to a strained left hip, reports Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News.
Smith suffered the injury against Boston on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) and was still sore on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), when he sat out practice. He was walking with a noticeable limp on Friday's (Saturday, PHL time) shootaround, but Smith doesn't expect to miss much action.
Dennis Smith Jr. (left hip strain) says he hopes to return sooner than Rick Carlisle’s two-game prediction: “I don’t know about two (games). I know one is mandatory. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow.”— Earl K. Sneed (@EarlKSneed) December 9, 2017
Smith, the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, is averaging 14.4 points, 4.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 23 games this season.
The Mavericks play at the the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).