The Dallas Mavericks are out of the playoffs, and as such, this is a time to be cautious. Head coach Rick Carlisle recently admitted he would only be playing the veterans limited minutes the last several games, but then this morning, this news on young guard Seth Curry:
Rick Carlisle says Seth Curry is likely done for the season with his left shoulder injury. It will require rehab. Not considered serious.— Earl K. Sneed (@EarlKSneed) April 9, 2017
This is great news on several fronts. First, there’s absolutely no reason to risk the health of a player for no reason — especially a player who they likely hope to sign to a contract extension this offseason — when the Mavericks are already mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.
Second, with the amount of games Seth has been sitting out recently, there was a little concern that the injury might be more serious. It’s good to hear that the injury is not serious and that Seth would likely be good to go if he had been needed for a playoff run.
In other news, Harrison Barnes (rest) asked out of tonight’s game. Assuming he plays the rest of the games, he’ll finish the season having played in all but this Phoenix game. It’s a well deserved rest day for a guy who has carried a lot of the load for the Mavs this year.