Brunson will come off the bench Tuesday against the Clippers, Tim Cato of The Athletic reports.
With Dennis Smith set to return from a six-game absence Tuesday, Brunson will return to a reserve role. Brunson is averaging 5.3 points, 1.9 assists and 1.5 rebounds across 13.8 minutes as a reserve this season (29 games).
Brunson provided 16 points (6-15 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists and three rebounds across 30 minutes during Monday's 116-106 loss to Milwaukee.
Brunson drew his first start since Dec. 23 against the Trail Blazers, and he put out a quality game. Though he wasn't especially efficient from the field overall, he went 2-of-3 from distance and committed just one turnover to his five assists. Brunson should continue to see a sizeable role in coach Rick Carlisle's rotation until Dennis Smith Jr. (illness) is healthy enough to take the floor. Smith is set to rejoin the Mavericks on Tuesday, but it's not immediately clear if he'll take the floor for that day's game against the Clippers.
Brunson is starting Monday against the Bucks.
Brunson will step into the starting lineup for Monday's contest with Dennis Smith (illness) still sidelined. Smith is expected to return Tuesday, meaning Brunson will likely head back to a reserve role following Monday's spot start. In nine starts this season, Brunson is averaging 10.2 points, 2.8 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 27.6 minutes.
Brunson totaled 12 points (3-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, one assist, and one block in 30 minutes during Sunday's 119-114 loss to the Warriors.
Brunson was one of four Mavericks to earn at least 30 minutes. The absence of Dennis Smith (sore back) should be taken into account, but the recent season-ending injury to J.J. Barea (Achilles) likely means a bump in minutes for Brunson going forward.
Brunson contributed 13 points (4-14 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 11 rebounds, eight assists, and one steal in 26 minutes during Saturday's 106-100 loss to the 76ers.
Brunson stepped up with J.J. Barea (ankle) sidelined, finishing with his first career double-double while amassing career highs in rebounding and assists. Brunson had combined to earn just 24 minutes over the last three tilts, and was a healthy scratch in the three games prior to that. Coach Rick Carlisle will likely continue to bring the rookie along slowly, but Brunson seems to be making a strong case that he deserves a more consistent role.
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