OKLAHOMA CITY – Whatever it was that forced Mavericks guard Delonte West to get extra familiar with the restroom at the team hotel her overnight will not keep West from playing in tonight’s series opener against the Thunder.
West, who said oysters consumed before Thursday’s game in Atlanta might have been what caused the stomach issues that made him sick all day Friday and forced him to miss the Mavericks’ morning shootaround, said he wasn’t sure what his energy level would be. But he made it clear that he intended to give it whatever he could as the primary defender for Thunder All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook.
“When that tip ball comes I’m going to give it 100 percent, whatever I’ve got,” West said as he was putting his socks on to head to the floor for some pregame shooting work. He spent “I’m prepared and ready to go. Not sure what my energy level is going to be like yet. I’ll know better after I get out here and shoot around a little bit.”
West admitted he wasn’t quiet that optimistic Friday evening and into the night. He needed fluids pumped back into his body to help him recover. Still, he said he never seriously considered the possibility of having to miss the game. Well, almost …
“Of course, when I was lying on the bathroom floor I was thinking that,” he said. “But, no … I [am] not missing a playoff game. You’re going to have to drag me off the floor.”
That works for Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. “We need him, we need his minutes,” Carlisle said. “So him being out there is good.”