Jason Terry expected to play against Knicks

NEW YORK -- Jason Terry is expected to join the Mavericks in the Big Apple tonight and should be available to play in Sunday's noon tip against instant sensation Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks, coach Rick Carlisle said.

Terry missed the last two games, the first on Wednesday with a mild right quadriceps strain, and Friday's game at Philadelphia due to personal reasons. The Mavs won both games and ride into Madison Square Garden sporting a season-best win streak of six games and a season-high nine games over .500.

His return will be welcomed considering Delonte West is out of action for at least a month after he underwent surgery to stabilize his fractured right right finger and Rodrigue Beaubois has left the team to be with his family after the death of his father.

Still, Dallas managed to win both games without Terry, their second-leading scorer. His return could limit Dominique Jones' role, although the second-year guard might have impressed enough to earn some time with two solid outings in wins over the Nuggets and Sixers.

"All things considered I'm very pleased with what he's done these two games," Carlisle said. "He's played the backup point position, he defended, he's done what we've asked within our system, so it's been very positive."

Jones has played a total of 52 minutes in the last two games, nearly his prior total for the season. After dishing out six assists with four points and four rebounds in 31 minutes Wednesday. At Philadelphia, he led the Mavs in scoring in the first half with seven of his 12 points. His one knock was five turnovers in 21 minutes against the Sixers after just one in the previous game.