O.J. Mayo tried to battle though his shoulder injury Thursday while playing with a restrictive harness, but he finished with just seven points on 3-for-10 shooting from the field. The next day an MRI revealed that he has a sprained AC joint in the shoulder, an injury through which he intends to play. On Saturday, he ditched the harness and mustered just four points on 1-for-13 shooting from the field. Despite the poor outing, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle still praised Mayo for his toughness, according to ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon.
“Here’s a guy who is banged up, and I just thought he was totally engaged in the game and did a lot of things even though he didn’t shoot the ball well,” Carlisle said. “If we’re going to get where we want to get in the next nine games, the example that he set out there today is really important.
“That’s just grit and guts – being totally in and totally committed.”
The Mavs have two days off before their next game (Tuesday @ LAL), but they have a back-to-back set coming up Thursday (@DEN) and Friday (@SAC). This injury isn't likely to heal before the regular season is completed, so fantasy owners should prepare for more poor-shooting nights from Mayo, as he tries to play through his painful injury.