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Dallas Mavericks: Will Shawn Marion’s Groin Strain Set Him Back?

"The Matrix"

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Whenever Shawn Marion sustains an injury it can cause a scare for the Dallas Mavericks.

This regular starting small forward strained his right groin when he helped seal the deal for Dallas, who hosted the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

At the Mavericks’ NBA 2013-14 season opener, Marion declared for Dallas to “take this trip on the road” during his tipoff speech. Will he still take that trip and star in the team’s show?

In the event that the 35-year-old SF cannot play, head coach Rick Carlisle comes prepared with a game plan of who to play as he told FS Southwest”

“Everybody’s going to jump up one spot on the food chain. And the next guy is going to have to be ready at every position… One player out of the rotation can completely change how a team looks and functions and we have to be ready for those situations.”

That would include all other active players, so Vince Carter or Jae Crowder have the potential to start in lieu of Marion.

Of course, Carter would be an excellent choice to work the floor as a forward. This facilitator is versatile enough to play at guard as well.

Vinsanity” is determined to vie for a championship just like Marion and power forward Dirk Nowitzki have.

Nowitzki recently made league history two weeks-in-a-row, and Carter could also have a chance to make history for himself through this a season of firsts: first ejection, but better yet, first Finals title.

“Half Man Half Amazing” Carter has gone beast mode this past offseason because he indeed is championship-hungry.

However, at age 36, Carter’s playing time may be limited, which may be in the Mavs’ best interest for the sake of keeping this valuable swingman healthy to play in both the front court and as guard. Therefore, Crowder could have the opportunity to start and continue evolving his skills on the court.

Wayne Ellington also could jump at the chance to play from the bench after his right thigh contusion.

Carlisle, who has made wise decisions of who to play and bench, has spoken highly both of Ellington’s offense and defense.

Recently, “The Matrix” pointed out that the Mavs need to step up their defensive consistency. He is known to be on top of the team’s defensive game with an average of 7.7 rebounds per game so far this season. With or without him, he is counting on all of his teammates to come through and back each other up.

Elaine Dispo is a Dallas Mavericks writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.