Dallas Mavericks: Jalen Brunson plans to play through shoulder injury

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Jalen Brunson (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Jalen Brunson (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson is planning on playing through his shoulder injury despite potentially having a torn labrum.

The Dallas Mavericks had a rough night in Atlanta on Feb. 22. Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis were both ruled out pregame. Jalen Brunson drew the start in place of Doncic but was injured on the first play of the game.

The Hawks went on to win the game in a controversial fashion which led to Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to protest the game. It remains an unresolved issue.

The Mavs ruled Brunson out for their four-game road trip shortly after the injury, but fans got another update on Feb. 27. Here is Tim MacMahon with the latest.

Obviously, that is not positive news. Jeff Stotts noted that Brunson would not be the first player to play through that type of injury. Expect him to be hampered by it, though.

This is a situation for fans to keep an eye on. Brunson should return, but how much he plays is to be determined. J.J. Barea has played well all season. Coach Rick Carlisle could opt to give the veteran minutes over Brunson down the stretch and into the playoffs. Stay tuned.

The 23-year-old guard is playing well this season. He averages 8.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in 17.9 minutes per game. Brunson is shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 35.8 percent on his 3-pointers. He remains an important piece for the Mavericks.

Hopefully, he plays well down the stretch and returns fully healthy next season. Brunson is a winner. Do not count out him playing well even at less than 100 percent.

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