Mavs' Buckner sits out against Hawks with sore knee

Updated: February 26, 2007, 7:57 PM ET
Associated Press

DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks guard Greg Buckner missed Monday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks with a bruised left knee.

An MRI on Buckner's knee was negative after he injured the knee on Saturday night against the Denver Nuggets, but he was too sore to play against the Hawks.

"We'll re-evaluate him tomorrow," Dallas coach Avery Johnson said. "You know he's really hurting if he can't go."

Buckner is one of Dallas' top defensive players and averages 4.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.

Devin Harris started in Buckner's place, with sixth man Jerry Stackhouse also getting more playing time.

Also out for the Mavericks was swingman Devean George, recovering from a sprained ligament in his right knee.

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