Not great news for the Mavericks on Thursday as sources tell ESPN.com’s Tim MacMahon that Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson might have a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Off-season surgery is a possibility for the Mavericks second-year backup guard.
Sources: The Mavs fear backup PG Jalen Brunson has a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Brunson, a lefty, has been ruled out the remaining two games of this road trip but plans to return at some point and play the remainder of the season. Postseason surgery is a possibility.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) February 27, 2020
Brunson injured his shoulder in the opening seconds of last week’s game against the Hawks in Atlanta. He appeared to dislocate his shoulder, ran off the court and then came back in to shoot his free throw before then going back to the locker room and missing the rest of the game. He hasn’t played since and has been ruled out the last two games of the Mavericks road trip.
Jeff Stotts, an injury analyst for instreetclothes.com, said it’s possible for Brunson to play through the injury and hold off on the surgery until after the season.
Plenty of players, including teammate JJ Barea, have played through a labral tear and undergone surgery in the offseason. A conservative approach gernerally involves bracing the joint and focusing on the surrounding musculature to assist with stabilization. https://t.co/XTn3gZwQfH— Jeff Stotts (@InStreetClothes) February 27, 2020
There is still no update on when Brunson could possibly return. For the season he’s averaging 8.2 points, 3.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game on 46.6/35.8/81.3 shooting splits. He was having a solid February before the injury too — he was shooting 43.5 percent from three and averaging over 11 points per game, helping pick up the slack while Luka Doncic was out for most of the month with an ankle sprain.