Battered and bruised Dallas Mavericks team gears for Game 3

Battered and bruised Dallas Mavericks team gears for Game 3

DALLAS, TX - The Dallas Mavericks managed to pull away a Game 2 victory in Oklahoma City against the Thunder, winning 85-84. Their high spirits will hopefully be able to overpower their beat up bodies.

J.J. Barea did not play in Game 2 due to a groin strain, but he told the media he's optimistic about his chances to play Game 3. Barea practiced with the team Wednesday and said they'll make a decision about his playing time on Thursday.

Veteran Dirk Nowitzki suffered a bone bruise to his right knee early in the game Tuesday. He told the media coming off the plane after the game he could barely walk, but showed no signs of limping in practice Wednesday. In fact, he was able to get in a post-practice shootaround with his longtime coach Holger Geschwindner. Nowitzki was optimistic his knee won't be a problem come Thursday.

Deron Williams was visibly hurting in Game 2 with what was a sports hernia. Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said Williams will be a game-time decision.

Right now Dallas' playoff series against OKC is tied 1-1. Mavericks will host the next two games. Game 3 will be at the American Airlines Center Thursday at 6 p.m.

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