John Jenkins remained out of the lineup in the Dallas Mavericks ' win against Philadelphia on Monday.
There is no health issues for Jenkins, however he's been kept out of the active lineup for Dallas most of the year. He remains behind Wesley Matthews, Devin Harris, and Justin Anderson on the depth chart, and will be hard pressed to find any playing time as long as they stay healthy.
John Jenkins was a healthy scratch on Tuesday, joining injured big man JaVale McGee on the inactive list.
Despite his preseason success, Jenkins has been used sparingly in Dallas' first four games of the season. He played 35 minutes in a loss to the Clippers but has totaled four minutes in the other three games of the year.
John Jenkins chipped in 17 points (8-16 FG, 1-1 FT), six rebounds, and three assists over 35 minutes in Thursday's 104-88 loss to the Clippers.
With Deron Williams (knee) and Wesley Matthews (Achilles, rest) out, Jenkins received an immediate opportunity to build on his impressive preseason. The fourth-year pro responded with a team-high 17 points on 8-for-16 shooting, and filled out the stat sheet nicely overall. Jenkins is expected to return to the bench for the Mavs' next contest Saturday versus the Lakers, as Matthews will usually be rested only on the second game of back-to-backs. However, it's likely that going forward, the 24-year-old will typically receive more than the four minutes he played on Opening Night versus the Suns.
John Jenkins gets the start versus the Clippers Thursday
With Deron Williams and Wesley Matthews out, Jenkins gets his first opportunity of the season to start. He turned heads with his play in the preseason, so this will be a good opportunity for him to try and earn more minutes in the rotation.
John Jenkins wrapped up the Dallas Mavericks ' preseason schedule Friday against the Bulls with his seventh double-digit scoring performance in seven games, finishing with 13 points (5-11 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT) in 16 minutes.
Jenkins entered training camp uncertain to win a roster spot with the Mavericks, but quickly erased any doubt about his chances by assuming the scoring load for the team while several starters remained out with injuries. However, with Deron Williams (calf) and Wesley Matthews (Achilles) making their preseason debuts Friday, Jenkins moved to a bench role, and consequently saw his lowest minutes total of the exhibition slate. It appears safe to conclude that return to health of Williams and Matthews will result in a diminished role for Jenkins during the regular season, but the 6-foot-4 guard has probably cemented himself as a rotation player for coach Rick Carlisle on the heels of his excellent preseason. He should be one of the first players off the bench when Carlisle feels the need to add another shooter to his lineup.
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