SALT LAKE CITY -- The Dallas Mavericks' hopes of entering the playoffs healthy took another hit Monday.
X-rays on the toe were negative. The injury was diagnosed as a jammed left toe. Harris said the toe is "pretty swollen," but expects to be available for the playoff opener, if not Wednesday's regular-season finale.
Harris has a history of toe problems, but this is not the same toe he had surgically repaired in the summer of 2013, a complicated procedure that caused Harris to miss half of last season. That operation was on the second toe of Harris' left foot. Harris feared that he suffered a similar injury when he felt a pop in his toe after stepping on the foot of a Jazz player.
"It felt a lot like when I dislocated my second one back in Atlanta," said Harris, who played only five minutes in the loss. "That’s why I was a little bit concerned, but that’s not the case. Still pretty sore, but I should be ready to go by at least the weekend."
The Mavs were already without four starters against the Jazz. Small forward Chandler Parsons missed his fifth consecutive game due to soreness in his right knee. Power forward Dirk Nowitzki, center Tyson Chandler and shooting guard Monta Ellis returned to Dallas after Sunday night's win in Los Angeles to get precautionary rest.