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Mavericks' Wesley Matthews: Gets hot from distance
Matthews went for 14 points (4-12 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four assists, two rebounds and two steals across 32 minutes in the Mavericks' 126-118 loss to the Nuggets on Tuesday.
Matthews did all his damage from behind the arc, draining multiple threes for the second straight game. Almost all of Matthews' offensive success has come from distance in that span, as three-point buckets have accounted for seven of his eight field goals. The 32-year-old continues to be a dependable source of supplemental scoring on the majority of nights, with Tuesday's production pushing his season average to 14.7 points, his best of the four seasons he's spent in Dallas.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' J.J. Barea: Solid in return to action
Barea (ankle) delivered 10 points (4-11 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists and four rebounds across 21 minutes in the Mavericks' 126-118 loss to the Nuggets on Tuesday.
Barea's return to action after a two-game absence was a successful one overall, and he played just four fewer minutes than starting point guard Jalen Brunson. The veteran is now averaging 12.9 points, 3.7 assists and 2.9 rebounds in the seven December contests in which he's suited up, with four double-digit scoring efforts over that span.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki: Plays just seven minutes
Nowitzki (undisclosed) totaled three points (1-2 FG, 1-1 3Pt), one rebound and one assist across seven minutes in the Mavericks' 126-118 loss to the Nuggets on Tuesday.
Nowitzki was listed as probable coming into the contest, and he was ultimately limited to single-digit minutes for the third time in as many games to open his season. The 21-year veteran figures to see his playing time progressively inch up over coming games, although his role is likely to be limited to 20 minutes at most for the balance of the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' DeAndre Jordan: Double-doubles in tough matchup
Jordan furnished 11 points (4-6 FG, 3-6 FT), 12 rebounds, one assist and two steals across 27 minutes in the Mavericks' 126-118 loss to the Nuggets on Tuesday.
Jordan still managed one of his trademark lines despite a tough positional matchup against Nikola Jokic, leading to his third double-double in the last four games. The 30-year-old hasn't really seen much of a downgrade statistically in the move from Los Angeles to Dallas, save for a slight drop in offensive usage. Jordan is taking almost one less shot attempt this season as compared to last (6.6, as compared to 7.5), which has led a one-point-per-game drop in scoring average from 12.0 to 11.0. However, he's still pulling down an impressive 13.8 boards per contest, and he's facilitating better than in any other prior season -- his 2.1 assists serve as a career high.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' Luka Doncic: Double-doubles in high-scoring loss
Doncic registered 23 points (5-15 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 10-12 FT), 12 assists, six rebounds and one steal across 35 minutes in the Mavericks' 126-118 loss to the Nuggets on Tuesday.
Doncic's final line spoke to a level of maturity beyond his 19 years of age, as he wasn't dissuaded from remaining aggressive and mentally involved despite a ragged shooting night. That much was evident by the career-high figure in dimes that he generated, as well as by his double-digit number of visits to the free-throw line. The latter significantly helped prop up his final point total in a game when he shot under 40 percent for the fourth time in the last eight games. He'll look to regain better form from the field against the Clippers on Thursday night.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' Harrison Barnes: Team-high scoring haul in loss
Barnes generated 30 points (10-16 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 5-6 FT), four rebounds, one steal and one block across 34 minutes in the Mavericks' 126-118 loss to the Nuggets on Tuesday.
Barnes' outstanding effort was ultimately for naught in terms of the Mavericks achieving a victory, but it certainly made for a fantasy-friendly stat line. The veteran's scoring total paced Dallas on the night and equaled a season high he'd established to open the month on Dec. 2. The performance was also an extension of Barnes' recent heater from distance, one that's seen him drain multiple threes in seven straight contests and shoot 41.2 percent from behind the arc overall during December.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' Maxi Kleber: Out Tuesday
Kleber (toe) will watch Tuesday's tilt against the Nuggets from the sidelines, Mark Followill of Fox Sports Southwest reports.
Kleber has been nursing a sprained toe and will sit out Tuesday as a result. His absence does not figure to have too much of an impact on the Mavericks' rotation. Consider him day-to-day heading into Thursday's game against the Clippers.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' Dennis Smith: Ruled out
Smith (wrist) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets, Dwain Price of the Mavericks' official site reports.
As expected, Smith won't play Tuesday after entering the day listed as doubtful. The guard has now missed seven of the last eight games while nursing a right wrist injury. Jalen Brunson and J.J. Barea (ankle) should handle the bulk of ball handling duties with Smith sidelined. Thursday's game against the Clippers will be Smith's next chance to return.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' J.J. Barea: Cleared to play
Barea (ankle) will take the court for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets, Dwain Price of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Barea missed the last two contests due to an ankle injury, but he's been given the green light to return in Denver. With Dennis Smith (wrist) already ruled out for the matchup, Jalen Brunson and Barea are both in line for an uptick in minutes.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki: Listed probable Tuesday
Nowitzki is listed as probable for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets.
The Mavs are simply being cautious with the veteran, who will essentially be probable on a game-to-game basis from here on out after he made his season debut last week. Nowitzki played six minutes off the bench Thursday against the Suns and followed up with eight minutes in Sunday's matchup with the Kings. Nowitzki's workload could continue to gradually increase over the next week, but his minutes are likely to be capped somewhere in the low-to-mid-teens on most nights.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' Dennis Smith: Status still uncertain
Coach Rick Carlisle said Smith's (wrist) status will be updated closer to Tuesday's game against the Nuggets, Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Smith has missed five of the past six games while tending to a right wrist injury. It's worth noting that Smith is listed as doubtful on the team's initial injury report, suggesting he's unlikely to return until at least Thursday (when the Mavericks play the Clippers). Look for Smith's availability for Tuesday's game to clear up closer to tipoff.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' J.J. Barea: Plans to play Tuesday
Barea (ankle) said he plans to play Tuesday against the Nuggets, Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Barea has missed the last two games with an ankle sprain, but appears to be on the cusp of a return after participating in some of Monday's practice. Look for his status to clear up closer to Tuesday's tipoff.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' DeAndre Jordan: Dominates glass in loss
Jordan scored eight points (4-7 FG) while adding 23 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 30 minutes during Sunday's 120-113 loss to the Kings.
The boards tied his season high, marking the third time in the last eight games Jordan has ripped down 20 or more rebounds. His numbers in his first season in Dallas are looking very similar to his usual output as a Clipper, including 17 double-doubles in 28 games.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' Luka Doncic: Comes up big against Kings
Doncic scored a team-high 28 points (9-15 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 9-14 FT) while adding nine assists, six rebounds and a steal in 35 minutes during Sunday's 120-113 loss to the Kings.
It's the second-best scoring performance of the rookie's career so far, behind only a 31-point effort in San Antonio in late October. Doncic has been alternating big games with less impressive ones lately, but he's still averaging 17.4 points, 7.4 boards, 5.7 assists, 1.4 three-pointers and 1.0 steals through seven contests in December.... See More ... See Less