X-rays negative; Marion uncertain

NEW ORLEANS -- The good news regarding Shawn Marion is that X-rays of his bruised ribs were negative. The bad news is he took a shot to the rib cage in the same spot that was already sore from a bruise that occurred in Phoenix prior to the All-Star break.

Marion was clearly in discomfort after Wednesday's highly disappointing, 93-92 loss to the New Orleans Hornets, who played without Chris Paul.

His status for Thursday night's game against Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks is unclear at this point, but it would seem hard to imagine him rebounding from a shot to the ribs just 22 hours later. He said it was difficult for him to breath and that his ribs were tender.

“I hit a spot that was already tender,” said Marion, who bruised his ribs in Phoenix prior to the All-Star break. “I got a knee or a camera right there on the side. It hit directly in my rib cage. It’s real tender, but I’ll be all right.”

The Mavs could be down their top two small forwards Thursday night. Peja Stojakovic missed Wednesday's game with a stiff neck and his status is unclear. That would put the onus of guarding Anthony on DeShawn Stevenson and newcomer Corey Brewer, who has played just 22 minutes in four games and was a DNP-CD against the Hornets.