Mavs' Buckner out indefinitely with sprained knee

Updated: March 16, 2007, 11:35 PM ET
Associated Press

DALLAS -- Dallas guard Greg Buckner missed the Mavericks' game Friday night against Boston because of a sprained left knee that will sideline him indefinitely.

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Buckner, one of Dallas' top defenders, sustained the injury in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's 129-127 double overtime loss to the Suns. Buckner also missed two games in late February with a bruised left knee.

"I don't know how long he'll be out," Mavericks coach Avery Johnson said before Friday night's game. "It could be two days, it could be a week or 10 days."

Swingman Devean George, another of Dallas' best defensive players, was also out against Boston because of a sprained right knee and has missed nine of the past 12 games.

George said Friday that his knee is getting stronger and he could be ready to return to practice next week. George said his ability to slide on defense is limited by the brace he has to wear to stabilize his knee.

"There's not a lot of pain," George said. "Right now it's having the strength to push off and not be strapped into that brace."

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