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Deron Williams out for rest of playoffs, David Lee out for rest of Thunder series

Dirk Nowitzki, David Lee, Deron Williams

Dallas Mavericks’ Deron Williams (8), Dirk Nowitzki, rear, and David Lee (42) guard down court in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, in Dallas. Lee played his first game for the Mavericks in the 116-103 loss to the Thunder. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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The Mavericks’ season will probably end tonight, when – down 3-1 – the face the Thunder in Oklahoma City.

If Dallas advances further, it’ll have to do so without Deron Williams (sports hernia) and David Lee (torn plantar fascia).

Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News:

Coach Rick Carlisle confirmed to media members Sunday afternoon that Deron Williams is “done for the year.”
Williams said he’s been told that rest - perhaps a month or more - is the only thing that will cure the problem. And even that might not be enough to avoid surgery to fix it.

The Mavericks are running on fumes. They don’t have enough in the tank to beat a team featuring Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook three straight times. Maybe Rick Carlisle can draw up a miracle and help Dallas steal another game, but even those odds are long.

Not only is Williams out, point guard J.J. Barea is also banged up. Not only is Lee out, big man Salah Mejri is also banged up.

So, the Mavericks will rely more on Raymond Felton and Devin Harris and Zaza Pachulia and, uh, maybe JaVale McGee at center. Not ideal.