Dallas Mavericks Getting Inside 2009-02-12

Dallas Mavericks swingman Jerry Stackhouse hasn't played since Nov. 14, the ninth game of the season.

Now he might be the Mavs' best option to help replace Jason Terry, who broke a bone in his left hand during Saturday's win over Chicago.

Still, questions abound regarding the 14-year veteran, who in November requested that the organization work out a trade. Any deal remains on the backburner because Stackhouse has spent the past three months rehabilitating his injured right heel.

Now Stackhouse seems more interested in sticking around and helping the Mavs make a playoff push rather than the uncertainty of joining a new team.

The Mavs could certainly use his scoring threat. Stackhouse practiced Monday, yet it remains unclear when he'll be healthy enough and in good enough condition to contribute.

"He's not ready to play yet," coach Rick Carlisle said after Monday's practice. "I'm not sure what the timetable is. It's been a long road back for him and we certainly don't want to set him back by rushing him back too soon. But, he's certainly one of our options when he becomes healthy."

Even when he is ready to play, will Stackhouse be able to contribute? He got off to a horrible start this season. In eight games, Stackhouse averaged 5.3 points and shot 29.1 percent from the field and 18.8 percent from beyond the three-point arc.

The Mavs didn't need much help to dispatch Sacramento on Tuesday. They likely will at home against Boston on Thursday. If Terry, who's averaged more than 20 points most of the season, will indeed miss several weeks, the Mavs can't wait for Stackhouse to regain his form, if he does.

With Dirk Nowitzki and Josh Howard now as the only players averaging double-figures, the Mavs need scoring now.

MAVERICKS 118, KINGS 100: Playing their first game without Jason Terry, the Mavericks came through with five players scoring in double-figures, including Josh Howard and Antoine Wright each going for 23 points. Dirk Nowitzki, playing on a sore left knee after banging it Saturday against the Bulls, had 21 points, and Jason Kidd bolstered the scoring with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, 12 assists and seven rebounds. The Kings led 41-40 with 8:43 to go in the first half, but a 10-0 run put the Mavs up for good.

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Added: February 12, 2009