“He’s going to stay back and get an MRI this afternoon,” coach Rick Carlisle said after Crowder sat out Monday’s practice. “We don’t think it’s serious, but he would not be able to play tomorrow. Then we’ll see where he’s at, whether we have him join us in Utah [on Wednesday] or not.”
Crowder had been bothered by his abdomen for a couple of weeks and aggravated it when he attempted to go up for a dunk on a fast break during Sunday’s win over the Indiana Pacers, resulting in an awkward missed layup on the play.
This is particularly tough timing for Crowder, a second-year player who had just gotten back into the Mavs’ rotation. He averaged eight points and three rebounds in 14 minutes in the two previous games before being sidelined for the second half against the Pacers.