Buzz: Vince Carter (sick) out vs. Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY – An illness will prevent Mavericks sixth man Vince Carter from playing in Monday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

That eliminates one of the Mavs’ most effective offensive weapons over the last month. Carter averaged 14.7 points on 45.2 percent shooting in January, including a season-high 29-point performance in an overtime loss to the Thunder.

“We lose a lot of our play-call opportunities without Vince, but we’ve just got to have other guys step up and play their butts off,” coach Rick Carlisle said.

The Mavs hope that Carter will be out only one game.

Starting shooting guard O.J. Mayo and small forward Shawn Marion will likely have their workload increase due to Carter’s absence, although Carlisle wants to be cautious with their minutes.

“I’d like to stay away from heaping heavy, crazy minutes on those guys,” Carlisle said. “We’ve got other guys who can play, so they’re going to have to be ready.”