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Mavericks' Dennis Smith: Deemed questionable for Sunday
Coach Rick Carlisle labeled Smith (wrist) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Kings, Mike Peasley of ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM reports.
Carlisle didn't elaborate on if an injury was plaguing Smith, but the 21-year-old uncertain status is more than likely related to sprained right wrist he's been nursing recently. The issue cost Smith four consecutive games before he returned to action for Thursday's 99-89 loss to the Suns, during which he started at point guard and played 27 minutes, finishing with four points (2-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt), eight rebounds, three steals and one assist. Reserve J.J. Barea (ankle) is also listed as questionable, so if neither he nor Smith is available Sunday, Jalen Brunson would assume the bulk of the playing time at point guard.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' J.J. Barea: Status murky for Sunday
Coach Rick Carlisle labeled Barea (ankle) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Kings, Mike Peasley of ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM reports.
Barea sat out Thursday's 99-89 loss to the Suns with a left ankle sprain, allowing rookie Jalen Brunson to serve as the backup to starting point guard Dennis Smith (wrist). Heading into that contest, Smith had missed the previous four games and is listed as questionable heading into Sunday's tilt, so the Mavericks could be shorthanded in the backcourt if neither Smith nor Barea is able to suit up. The team should provide an update on both players following Sunday's morning shootaround.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' Wesley Matthews: Shoulder not an issue
Matthews went for 11 points (4-11 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT), three rebounds and one assist across 30 minutes in the Mavericks' 99-89 loss to the Suns on Thursday.
Matthews had exited Wednesday's win over the Hawks with a shoulder issue, but he'd returned to that contest, although he'd finished with just four points over 28 minutes. The veteran was in better form Thursday, lending credence to the notion that the shoulder problem shouldn't be an issue moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki: Plays six minutes in season debut
Nowitzki (ankle) played six minutes off the bench in Thursday's 99-89 loss to the Suns, finishing with two points (1-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and one rebound.
After missing the Mavericks' first 26 games while recovering from left ankle surgery, Nowitzki was finally cleared to make his 2018-19 debut, albeit in a limited fashion. The Mavericks had planned beforehand to deliberately restrict Nowitzki's playing time, but even once he regains conditioning, it seems unlikely that he'll regularly see more than 20-to-25 minutes per game. The future Hall of Famer isn't much of a fantasy asset at this stage of his career and will likely provide most of his value to the Mavericks in the form of veteran leadership in the locker room.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' Dennis Smith: Struggles in return to action
Smith (wrist) pitched in four points (2-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt), eight rebounds, one assist and three steals across 27 minutes in the Mavericks' 99-89 loss to the Suns on Thursday.
Smith made his return to the lineup after a four-game absence, but his main contributions came on the boards. The second-year guard will look to bounce back to his more usual levels of production versus the Kings in a Sunday night home battle.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' Jalen Brunson: Productive in return to bench
Brunson supplied 13 points (4-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-6 FT), one rebound and one assist across 21 minutes in the Mavericks' 99-89 loss to the Suns on Thursday.
Brunson headed back to the bench with the return of Dennis Smith, Jr. (wrist) to the lineup, but he actually managed better numbers than in his most recent start against the Hawks on Wednesday (five points). The 2018 second-round pick has now posted four double-digit scoring efforts in the last five games overall, with the first three coming during starts in Smith's stead. Brunson's usage moving forward will be something to monitor, as has minutes had been very spotty throughout all of November prior to his recent run with the first unit.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' Luka Doncic: Resumes hot shooting
Doncic produced 13 points (6-12 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 0-2 FT), six assists, five rebounds and two steals across 31 minutes in the Mavericks' 99-89 loss to the Suns on Thursday.
Doncic's final line wasn't exactly anything to write home about, but he actually posted his best shooting performance of December. The 19-year-old had drained 35.7 percent or fewer of his attempts in three of the prior four games, so his accuracy Thursday was particularly encouraging. He also continues to put in strong work on the boards and as a facilitator, as he's now pulled down between seven and 11 rebounds and dished out between six and nine assists over that same four-game period.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' Harrison Barnes: Solid line in defeat
Barnes tallied 15 points (6-15 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds and one assist across 32 minutes in the Mavericks' 99-89 loss to the Suns on Thursday.
Barnes couldn't quite get going from distance, but he did enough from in front of the arc to finish with a serviceable stat line. The veteran wing's point totals have been in the teens in four of seven December games, and he scored a modest 11 in another contest during that span. However, Barnes is averaging a solid 16 shot attempts over that stretch, an uptick over his 14.6 season figure. As long as he remains similarly involved, the 26-year-old certainly has the talent to boost his already solid average of 17.9 points per contest. An uptick in accuracy would help in that regard, as Barnes' 41.1 percent success rate from the floor this season is a notable drop from the 44.5 and 46.8 figures he posted during his first pair of Dallas campaigns.... See More ... See Less
Mavericks' DeAndre Jordan: Another double-double in loss
Jordan totaled 14 points (5-5 FG, 4-7 FT), 15 rebounds and one assist across 32 minutes in the Mavericks' 99-89 loss to the Suns on Thursday.
Despite the disappointing loss to an inferior opponent, Jordan thrived on an individual level, churning out his fifth double-double in seven December contests. The 30-year-old big man continues offer similar production to that which he generated during his multiple seasons in Los Angeles, making him as valued a source of points, rebounds, and to a lesser extent, blocks, as he's typically been.... See More ... See Less
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