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Committee of reserves to spell Terry

3/6/2010 - NBA Jason Terry Dallas Mavericks + more

DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks received good news on Jason Terry. Their charismatic shooting guard will miss just 10 to 14 days after undergoing facial surgery Friday afternoon.

"We were hoping that was the case and preliminarily it looked like it was favorable, but until they [doctors] get in there, it's hard to tell," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said.

Terry fractured his left orbital bone during Wednesday's game against Minnesota. Neil Williams performed the surgery in Dallas, and Terry is projected to miss possibly six games beginning Friday as the Mavericks seek a 10th consecutive win against the Sacramento Kings. Dallas plays at Chicago on Saturday and then at Minnesota on Monday.

Terry, the team's second-leading scorer at 17.0 points a game, could make his return March 20 when the Boston Celtics visit the American Airlines Center.

The Mavs will entrust a committee of reserves to fill the shoes of the team's only consistent scorer off the bench. Over the last five games, Terry was averaging 20.8 points a game and shooting near 50 percent from the field. The six available players on the Mavs' bench combine to average 18.2 points a game.

"We don't look at it as losing someone. I think it's just a great opportunity," Mavs point guard Jason Kidd said. "We're deep. A lot of guys can step up and so everybody is going to have their chance until Jet gets back."

Veteran DeShawn Stevenson, rookie Roddy Beaubois and fourth-year guard J.J. Barea are expected to see the most time in Terry's absence.

"It's going to be done by committee," Carlisle said. "Like I can't tell you who's going to be the first guy into the game tonight [Friday]. It's going to depend on the game and matchups."

While the injury comes at bad time for Terry, just as he was heating up back in the sixth-man role, it's actually not terrible for the Mavs.

Of the next six opponents, only the Chicago Bulls, whom the Mavs face twice in that span, have a winning record.

"The big picture is we've got to get better, we've got to use this opportunity with Jet out to get other guys really integrated in a big way into our rotation," Carlisle said. "There's going to be some unpredictability with it, so they're going to have to roll with that."

The Mavs remain without two other players, center Erick Dampier (dislocated finger) and forward Tim Thomas (personal matter). Dampier is dribbling and shooting and could return to practice soon. He said his return to action could coincide with Terry's or come a bit sooner. Thomas is not expected to rejoin the team this season.

The Mavs are not expected to sign shooting guard Von Wafer to a second 10-day contract once his existing deal expires after Friday's game.