Suns beat writer Paul Coro said ESPN radio that he expects PG Goran Dragic (ankle) to play Saturday night vs. the Mavericks.

Phoenix is just barely hanging on to the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference over Memphis and with just three games left, one of which comes against the Grizzlies, they need to win these games against non-playofff contenders to secure their place in the playoffs. Dragic is too important to this team's success to sit out here at the end, so he will play through the pain in his ankle to help lead his team. Over his last two games, Dragic is averaging 23.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.5 blocks per game.ANALYST: Howard Bender