Rick Carlisle sounded like a love song refrain when he was asked about the rookie Larkin’s possible return in the next week or so.

“Closer every day,” he said. “We’re closer than we’ve ever been, but we’re not there yet.”

Carlisle didn’t offer a timetable, but Larkin said this week that he’s hoping to play against Houston on Wednesday.

Larkin went through an aggressive workout at the team’s shootaround Friday morning and will do so again on Saturday, Carlisle said.