Dampier has been dealing with a left knee effusion for more than a month, causing him to miss four games, including last week's win over the Warriors. Eduardo Najera started in his place in a 127-117 win over Golden State on Monday.
Soreness is no longer a problem, Dampier said, but he needs to regain strength in and around the knee. Carlisle doesn't want Dampier playing in back-to-back games before the All-Star break.
Najera played only three minutes, however, and Drew Gooden came off the bench to play 41 minutes and score a season-high 24 points.