Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson, who left Saturday’s loss to the Hawks early in the first quarter with a right shoulder injury, sat out Monday’s game and will remain on the shelf for the team’s upcoming four-game road trip, as Callie Caplan of The Dallas Morning News writes.
The injury, diagnosed as a shoulder sprain, will sideline Brunson for games in San Antonio (Wednesday), Miami (Friday), Minnesota (Sunday), and Chicago (next Monday). Head coach Rick Carlisle said the team may have an update on Brunson’s status next Monday, per Caplan.
Brunson, who is in his second NBA season, has been an important rotation piece for Dallas this season, starting 16 of his 57 games. He has averaged 8.2 PPG, 3.3 APG, and 2.4 RPG on .466/.358/.813 shooting in 17.9 minutes per contest. In Brunson’s absence, J.J. Barea figures to be first in line for an increased role — the veteran guard had one of his best games of the season on Monday, with 12 points and eight assists in 22 minutes.
“[Barea’s] always ready, so he’ll be in the middle of it,” Carlisle said, according to Caplan. “He’s a great luxury to have.”
Brunson’s injury occurred in the game that Dallas has formally protested. According to Marc Stein of The New York Times (via Twitter), the Mavs also asked the NBA to review Dewayne Dedmon‘s foul that injured Brunson, since the team felt it should have been more than a common personal foul (video link).