NBA: Report: Initial tests OK for Mavs’ Dereck Lively II (neck)

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Initial tests “returned OK” for Dallas Mavericks center Dereck Lively II after he left Sunday night’s game with a neck strain, ESPN reported Monday.

The rookie’s availability remains unclear for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves, per the report. Dallas won 116-107 at home on Sunday to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

After contesting a shot, Lively fell to the floor and banged his head against Minnesota big man Karl-Anthony Towns’ knee with 8:35 left in the second quarter. Lively stayed on the ground with his arms wrapped around his head and was eventually helped to the Dallas locker room.

The Mavericks later announced that Lively was done for the game.

Prior to exiting, Lively had six points, three rebounds and two assists in nine minutes.

Lively, 20, averaged 8.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks across 55 games (42 starts) during the regular season. He finished sixth in Rookie of the Year voting.

–Field Level Media

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