The Dallas Mavericks are fighting for their playoff lives right now as the end of the NBA regular season fast approaches.
Currently lying in ninth place in the Western Conference, half a game behind the Utah Jazz in the eighth and final playoff spot, the Texas franchise need every hand on deck right now - especially after losing Chandler Parsons for the season last week.
Unfortunately, rather than seeing their options increase ahead of a crucial game on Sunday against the Sacramento Kings, things have gotten a little worse for the Mavericks.
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As reported by ESPN, Deron Williams has not recovered from an abdominal strain in time to suit up for Dallas this evening. Moreover, according to the report, he will also miss the game against Denver on Tuesday - the Mavericks' final fixture in a three-game road trip.
The veteran point guard had hoped sitting out against Golden State on Friday would allow the injury to heal. Unfortunately for him, and the franchise, that doesn't appear to be the case after struggling in a Saturday practice session.
"It hasn't let up since...I tried to do a little bit today in practice, but it was pretty painful," said Williams on Saturday.
"It's definitely frustrating right now. We need every game we can get.
"It's no time to be sitting out. If I didn't feel like I'd be hurting myself and my team by being out there, I'd definitely want to be out there."
Williams' 14 points per game this season see him rank behind only Dirk Nowitzki on the Mavs roster. Dallas will be hoping they can fill the void over the next few crucial days.