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Shawn Marion injury: Mavericks forward returns after missing 5 games

The 14-year veteran, who had been sidelined with a sprained MCL, is back on the floor for the Mavericks on Friday night.

Stephen Dunn

Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion is back in the starting lineup against the Indiana Pacers on Friday night after missing five games with a knee injury, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com.

Marion, a 14-year veteran, had been sidelined with a sprained MCL in his left knee since the Mavericks fifth game of the season. The 6'7 Marion is still said to be experiencing stiffness and soreness in the knee, but not enough to keep him out of the lineup for the sixth consecutive game.

Dallas was off to a good start with Marion in the lineup, posting a 3-1 record, but struggled in his absence, posting a 2-3 mark. In four games for the Mavericks, Marion averaged 8.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in 27 minutes per game.

Through the first quarter of Friday's game, Marion has grabbed two rebounds and is 0-for-3 from the floor in six minutes of action.

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