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Mavericks' Dennis Smith: Cleared to play Thursday
Smith (wrist) will take the court Thursday against Phoenix, Mavericks radio play-by-play broadcaster Chuck Cooperstein reports.
Smith will return to game action after missing four matchups with a wrist injury. He'll presumably regain his role as the starting point guard, pushing Jalen Brunson back to the bench.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' J.J. Barea: Won't play Thursday
Barea (ankle) is unavailable for Thursday's game against the Suns, Mavericks radio play-by-play broadcaster Chuck Cooperstein reports.
Barea was listed as a game-time decision leading up to Thursday's tip, but his injured left ankle evidently doesn't feel healthy enough to give it a go. Devin Harris could see more minutes off the bench as a result.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki: Will play Thursday
Nowitzki is set to make his season debut Thursday against the Suns but will have his minutes limited, Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Nowitzki will be available off the bench for the first time all year following ankle surgery. Given his long layoff, the 40-year-old isn't expected to log many minutes in Phoenix.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' Maxi Kleber: Questionable vs. Phoenix
Kleber (toe) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Suns, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Kleber played through a seemingly minor toe sprain in Wednesday's win over the Hawks, posting seven points and three rebounds across 17 minutes, but he's now back on the injury report for the second night of a back-to-back set. Look for Kleber's status to be confirmed closer to tip-off.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' J.J. Barea: Questionable Thursday
Barea (ankle) is questionable Thursday against the Suns, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Barea suffered an ankle injury Wednesday against the Hawks, which forced him out of the contest. X-rays returned negative, but he'll be a 50/50 shot to play on the second half of a back-to-back set. If he misses time, Jalen Brunson should continue seeing extra usage, especially if Dennis Smith (wrist), who is questionable, misses the contest as well.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' Dennis Smith: Questionable Thursday
Smith (wrist) is questionable Thursday against the Suns, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Smith is at risk of missing a fifth straight game as he recovers from a sprained right wrist. If he's sidelined once again, Jalen Brunson is likely to continue starting at point guard.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' Dorian Finney-Smith: Solid line in Wednesday's victory
Finney-Smth tallied 11 points (4-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT), six rebounds, three steals, one assist, and one block in 27 minutes during Wednesday's 114-107 victory over Atlanta.
Finney-Smith continues to play well off the bench, dropping double-digits for the third time in his last four games. Despite his limited ceiling, Finney-Smith is able to contribute in a number of categories on any given night which has value in many formats. He can also defend a number of positions on the floor which gives the Mavericks some versatility. He is not a standard league player but could be streamed in at a pinch and is well worth a look in slightly deeper formats.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' DeAndre Jordan: Modest double-double Wednesday
Jordan totaled 11 points (4-7 FG, 3-4 FT), 11 rebounds, and two assists in 33 minutes during Wednesday's 114-107 victory over Atlanta.
Jordan continues to take a back seat on the offensive end, scoring just 11 points Wednesday. He has now scored in double-digits in just four of his past eight games. He is still rebounding the ball at an elite level, however, the block numbers are sitting right around one per game. He should still be rostered everywhere but owners do need to temper their expectations, especially on the defensive end.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' Luka Doncic: Double-doubles in victory Wednesday
Doncic had 24 points (5-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 12-15 FT), 10 rebounds, six assists, one steal, and one block in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 114-107 victory over the Hawks.
Doncic continues to alternate good and bad scoring games, dropping 24 points against the Hawks on Wednesday. It was his second consecutive game with double-digit rebounds bringing his season average to almost seven per game. Doncic has been spectacular for the Mavericks thus far and is a stand out for rookie of the year. He should be owned everywhere.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' Harrison Barnes: Hits five triples Wednesday
Barnes finished with 25 points (8-16 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three rebounds, and one steal in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 114-107 victory over Atlanta.
Barnes led all scorers with 25 points Wednesday, going 8-of-16 from the field including 5-of-8 from the perimeter. Barnes has been on a tear from beyond the arc of late, hitting at least three triples in eight of his last 10 games. The scoring and three's are nice but it doesn't take away from the fact he averages just 4.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.3 blocks.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki: Plans to make season debut Thursday
Nowitzki (ankle) plans on making his season debut Thursday against the Suns, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
Nowitzki was questionable going into Wednesday's game, but ultimately decided to sit out and save his debut for Thursday. As he hasn't played yet this season, the 40-year old will likely ease his way back, not seeing high minute totals. He's seen his minutes per game decrease over the past two seasons, with last season being at 24.7 minutes per game, and could continue to see a decrease. More information should come out prior to Thursday's game confirming that he will play.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' J.J. Barea: X-rays negative on ankle
X-rays came back negative on Barea's left ankle, showing no structural damage, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Barea was forced to exit Wednesday's game with a sprained left ankle and was unable to return. While the negative x-rays are a positive, the Mavericks are now without their two point guards, and will have to rely on rookie Jalen Brunson if Barea faces an extended absence. The severity of Barea's ankle is unknown at this time, but he should be considered questionable for Thursday's game against Phoenix.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' J.J. Barea: Doubtful to return Wednesday
Barea is doubtful to return to Wednesday's game against the Hawks with a left ankle sprain, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
Barea landed awkwardly on his left ankle in the first half of Wednesday's game and is unlikely to return. He was having a strong game, scoring 18 points in 16 minutes of action. With starting point guard Dennis Smith Jr. out with a wrist injury, the Mavericks don't have much depth at the point guard position. Barea's absence will likely lead to Jalen Brunson and Devin Harris getting more run. More information on Barea's status should come out prior to the conclusion of Wednesday's game.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' Wesley Matthews: Probable to return Wednesday
Matthews is probable to return after exiting the game with a left shoulder injury, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
Matthews was forced to head to the locker during Wednesday's game, however the injury doesn't seem to be anything serious as he is expected to return. More information should come out shortly. Prior to suffering the injury, Matthews played seven minutes and collected one assist.... See More ... See Less