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Shawn Marion Injury: Mavericks Hopeful To Get Forward Back For Wednesday's Lakers Game

The Dallas Mavericks are hopeful that they can get Shawn Marion back on the court by Wednesday so he can attempt to keep Kobe Bryant in check as the team looks to take down the Lakers for the first time this season.

Mar 13, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks small forward Shawn Marion (0) dunks the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 13, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks small forward Shawn Marion (0) dunks the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

According to ESPN's Jeff Caplan, Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion was examined by the team doctor and it has been found that he has not sustained any serious damage to his knee.

Marion has been complaining of soreness in his knee and it appears that the soreness is due to the gradual wear-and-tear and should be fixed with rest.

He missed his second straight game on Monday when the team faced the Denver Nuggets, but the team is hopeful that they can get Marion back on the court for their Wednesday game against the Los Angeles Lakers, mainly for his ability to guard Kobe Bryant.

"We have to hope we get Marion back because it's going to be very hard to matchup with Bryant without him," coach Rick Carlisle said.

The Mavericks have faced the Lakers twice this season and in those two games, Marion has held Bryant, the league's leading scorer, to 14.5 points and kept him at under 30 percent shooting.

The Mavericks still lost both of those games, but if they want a chance to win the third matchup, they will want Marion back on the court. Marion is also averaging 11.2 points per game so far this season.

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