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Dennis Smith Jr. scratched from Mavs' matchups with Kings, Rockets

Dennis Smith Jr. scratched from Mavs' matchups with Kings, Rockets
Published On: Sat, Oct 21
Jan 7, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ish Smith (1) drives past Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) during the second quarter of the game at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Dennis Smith Jr. will miss at least two games due to swelling in the left knee that the Dallas Mavericks' prized rookie point guard had surgically repaired two years ago.

Smith was a late scratch before Friday's loss to the Sacramento Kings and will not travel with the Mavericks for Saturday's road game against the Houston Rockets.

"He's got a little swelling, not believed to be serious," coach Rick Carlisle said after the 93-88 loss that dropped Dallas to 0-2. "It doesn't make any sense to rush through the weekend and try to play tomorrow."

Smith tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in August 2015, the summer before his senior year of high school. He experienced swelling in the knee after a shootaround Friday -- Carlisle said that has been an issue in recent weeks -- and the decision was made to not start him less than an hour before the game.

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