November 6, 2012 / 8:58 PM / in 5 years

Mavericks' Marion out for at least three games

(Reuters) - The injury-hit Dallas Mavericks will be without forward Shawn Marion for at least three games because of a sprained left knee ligament, the National Basketball Association team said on Tuesday.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion collide during the second half of their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Dallas, Texas May 5, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Stone

Marion, a four-time All-Star, has been scratched from Wednesday’s home game against the Toronto Raptors and will not travel with the team to New York and Charlotte later this week.

The 34-year-old, who sprained his left medial collateral ligament in the third quarter of Dallas’ 114-91 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday, will be re-evaluated next week.

Marion is averaging 8.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists after four games.

The 3-1 Mavericks began the season knowing they would be without 11-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki for at least six weeks after the German forward had knee surgery last month.

Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Steve Keating

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