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Jason Terry could play Wednesday

Casey Smith, Jason Terry

** EDS. NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT ** Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry (31) is attended to by athletic trainer Casey Smith, left, after being injured in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 3, 2010, in Dallas. Terry’s injury resulted from a collision with Minnesota Timberwolves guard Corey Brewer. Terry had a team-high 26 points in the 112-109 Mavericks win. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Tony Gutierrez

UPDATE 4:55 pm: Jason Terry was at Mavericks’ practice Tuesday, complete with mask. Which he hates. Click on this link from Dallasbasketball.com and you can see why.

“If I miss the first shot, it might be coming off,” Mavs guard Jason Terry said after Tuesday’s practice, during which he wore his new protective mask. “Take a good look now. It might be the last you see of it.”

11:14 am: The hottest team in the NBA is about to get better -- Jason Terry could return to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday against the Bulls. If not then, by the weekend.

That is a fast recovery from surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone -- the eye socket -- for Terry, whose face had an unfortunate run in with Ronnie Brewer’s elbow back on March 4.

“Jet has a track record of missing very few games,” Rick Carlisle said. “He’s always come back earlier than expected. The injury was serious, but the fracture was such that it was a lower timetable than it could have been. It could have been several weeks.”

Terry will be wearing a specially-designed plastic mask to protect his face, going with the Rip Hamilton look that is all the rage in Paris this season.