DALLAS -- Dallas guard Greg Buckner missed the Mavericks'
game Friday night against Boston because of a sprained left knee
that will sideline him indefinitely.
Buckner, one of Dallas' top defenders, sustained the injury in
the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's 129-127 double overtime
loss to the Suns. Buckner also missed two games in late February
with a bruised left knee.
"I don't know how long he'll be out," Mavericks coach Avery
Johnson said before Friday night's game. "It could be two days, it
could be a week or 10 days."
Swingman Devean George, another of Dallas' best defensive
players, was also out against Boston because of a sprained right
knee and has missed nine of the past 12 games.
George said Friday that his knee is getting stronger and he
could be ready to return to practice next week. George said his
ability to slide on defense is limited by the brace he has to wear
to stabilize his knee.
"There's not a lot of pain," George said. "Right now it's
having the strength to push off and not be strapped into that