Dallas Mavericks Player News: All Positions

News: Broekhoff delivered 17 points (6-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, two assists and one steal across 25 minutes in the Mavericks' 126-91 win over the Warriors on Saturday.
Impact: Broekhoff saw extended run during the lopsided win, leading to his second straight double-digit scoring effort. The 28-year-old brings some offensive upside to the table, but his minutes have run the gamut from single-digit allotments to 20-plus, making it difficult to trust him from a fantasy perspective.
News: Burke supplied 13 points (3-7 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), two assists and one steal across 21 minutes in the Mavericks' 126-91 win over the Warriors on Saturday.
Impact: Burke continues to offer solid production off the bench, with Saturday's scoring tally his second of the double-digit variety in the last three games. The 2013 first-round pick doesn't contribute much anywhere else on the stat sheet, but he should be able to continue serving as a serviceable source of points more often than not if his minutes remain in their current range of the high teens-low 20s.
News: Kleber pitched in 16 points (6-9 FG, 4-6 3Pt) and nine rebounds across 24 minutes in the Mavericks' 126-91 win over the Warriors on Saturday.
Impact: Kleber ceded the starting power forward job to Dirk Nowitzki for the night, and both players ultimately offered strong production in the blowout win. The 27-year-old's offensive contributions see their fair share of fluctuation, but Kleber has now posted double-digit point totals in three of the past five games while hauling in no fewer than six rebounds in any contest during the entirety of that span. Despite Nowitzki's ascension to the first unit Saturday, it's likely Kleber regains his starting position against the Kings on Tuesday.
News: Nowitzki poured in 21 points (8-14 FG, 5-8 3Pt) and added five rebounds, one assist and two blocks across 26 minutes in the Mavericks' 126-91 win over the Warriors on Saturday.
Impact: Nowitzki returned to the starting five and enjoyed a stellar night against the short-handed Warriors, especially from distance. The 20-year veteran's scoring total was his highest of the campaign, and it served as his third double-digit point tally of March. Despite the strong performance, Nowitzki's minutes were stuck in the teens in five of the prior six games, so expectations should be tempered.
News: Doncic totaled 23 points (6-14 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 7-11 FT), 11 rebounds, 10 assists and three steals across 27 minutes in the Mavericks' 126-91 win over the Warriors on Saturday.
Impact: It was Doncic's sixth triple-double of the campaign, but this one particularly stood out for the elite per-minute production that the rookie churned out. With Dallas enjoying a 40-point-plus lead at one point, Doncic's minutes were relatively modest. The 20-year-old's performance represented an excellent resurgence from a rare 4-for-19 shooting clunker against the Kings on Thursday. Donic now has posted double-digit rebounds and eclipsed 20 points on four occasions each over the last five games, even as he's mired in a dreadful three-point slump that's seen him shoot 25.0 percent or lower from behind the arc in eight of 11 March contests.
News: Kleber will come off the bench during Saturday's matchup against the Warriors, Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Impact: Kleber started Thursday's game against the Kings, but he'll return to the bench Saturday in favor of Dirk Nowitzki. Kleber has three double-doubles across his past eight appearances.
News: Nowitzki will start Saturday's matchup against Golden State, Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Impact: After one game on the bench, Nowitzki will return to the starting five. In 10 games as a starter this season, he's averaging 9.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 20.7 minutes.
News: Mejri is out for Saturday's matchup against the Warriors due to an illness, Dwain Price of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: Coach Rick Carlisle will have to look for players to fill Mejri's 13.7 minutes per game over the past three contests. Maxi Kleber could be the main beneficiary.
News: Mejri produced two points, three rebounds, and three blocks in nine minutes during Thursday's 116-100 loss to Sacramento.
Impact: Mejri had three blocks in nine minutes Thursday but added just two points and three rebounds. As long as both Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber are healthy, Mejri is going to find it difficult to see enough playing time to have value, even in the deepest of leagues. If you are desperate for blocks, he could be worth taking a flier on but there are likely going to be more reliable options available.
News: Kleber compiled five points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block in 33 minutes during Thursday's 116-100 loss to the Kings.
Impact: Kleber was back in the lineup after missing just one game with a wrist injury. He played 33 minutes and did not appear hampered by the injury. He ended with just five points but was able to contribute across the board, highlighting his ability to have value even without scoring. Kleber is going to play big minutes as long as he is healthy and should be considered for streaming purposes as opposed to a regular rotational spot.
News: Jackson had 19 points (9-16 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 0-1 FT), five rebounds, and one assist in 33 minutes during Thursday's 116-100 loss to Sacramento.
Impact: Jackson led the Mavericks with 19 points on 9-of-16 shooting, his second straight game with double-digit scoring. Tim Hardaway Jr (leg) is going to miss the rest of the season which could see Jackson remain in the starting lineup. Big nights such as this typically come on unsustainable shooting and he offers very little in the way of supporting numbers. He should be viewed as a points streamer only at this stage.
News: Doncic had 13 points (4-19 FG, 2-10 3Pt, 3-5 FT), 10 rebounds, and three assists in 26 minutes during Thursday's 116-100 loss to the Kings.
Impact: Doncic finished with a double-double in Thursday's loss to the Kings but hit just four of his 19 field-goal attempts. His percentages have been a real drag on his overall value this season and appear to be the only thing stopping him from being a fantasy stud in years to come. This is not uncommon for rookies, however, the free-throw shooting is a real concern. He is a chance to miss a game or two down the stretch and owners will simply have to hope he can stay healthy.
News: Kleber (wrist) is available for Thursday's tilt against Sacramento, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Kleber missed Wednesday's loss to Portland due to his wrist injury and was considered probable to play Thursday. He'll figure to see his typical role off the bench against the Kings.
News: Hardaway won't play again this season due to a stress reaction in his left tibia, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Hardaway injured his leg in Wednesday's loss to Portland. With the Mavericks out of the playoff picture and the season winding down the team has no reason to play Hardaway through injury or to rush him back yet this season. Look for Dorian Finney-Smith and Justin Jackson to pick up some extra minutes in the final games this season while Hardaway is out.
News: Kleber (wrist) has been upgraded to probable for Thursday's matchup against the Kings.
Impact: It looks like Kleber will be able to play after missing Wednesday's contest due to a sprained left wrist. Over the past five games, he's averaging 10.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 blocks in 28.8 minutes.
News: Hardaway is listed as out for Thursday's game against the Kings due to a stress reaction in his left tibia.
Impact: This is the first we've heard of the injury, but given the relative severity of a stress reaction, Hardaway will likely miss time beyond Thursday, and it's possible he could be shut down. Keep an eye out for a more detailed update from the Mavs.
News: Kleber (wrist) is questionable for Thursday's matchup against the Kings.
Impact: A sprained left wrist may keep Kleber out for a second straight contest. In his absence Wednesday, Justin Jackson played 34 minutes, posting 21 points, four rebounds and one assist.
News: Hardaway furnished 14 points (5-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT) and three assists across 24 minutes in the Mavericks' 126-118 loss to the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
Impact: Hardaway remained on the first unit Wednesday and put together a solid supplementary scoring effort. The veteran guard's 50.0 percent success rate from the floor was his best since Feb. 10, his third game with the Mavericks. Hardaway now has five consecutive double-digit scoring efforts after an uneven start to March, and he's drained multiple threes in eight of 10 contests thus far this month.
News: Burke registered 15 points (5-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-6 FT), one rebound, one assist and one block across 22 minutes in the Mavericks' 126-118 loss to the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
Impact: Burke's production continues to enjoy occasional spikes along the lines of Wednesday's, as he's now posted four double-digit scoring efforts since the All-Star break. The 26-year-old's playing time has been hard to trust, however, as he's logged minutes in the teens or lower in six other games during that span as well. Burke's aforementioned quartet of productive performances have come with an allotment of at least 18 minutes, but it remains to be seen if coach Rick Carlisle continues to keep the former Knick's second-unit role in flux.
News: Brunson delivered 16 points (6-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three assists, two rebounds and two steals across 26 minutes in the Mavericks' 126-118 loss to the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
Impact: The rookie continues to turn in highly efficient offensive performances, as Wednesday's 60.0 percent success rate marked the fourth time in the last five games in which he'd drained at least half his attempts. Brunson has now taken double-digit shot attempts in eight consecutive contests as well, and both his starting role and usage appear locked in for what remains of the campaign.
News: Jackson supplied 21 points (8-15 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and one assist across 34 minutes in the Mavericks' 126-118 loss to the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
Impact: Jackson's scoring tally led the second unit and was largely the result of an unusually robust allotment of playing time, which appeared to have been at least partly triggered by the fact Maxi Kleber sat with a wrist injury. Jackson hadn't logged more than 25 minutes in any game since joining the Mavericks in early February, and he made excellent use of the extra opportunity. Jackson has shot at least 50.0 percent in three straight contests, and given that Dirk Nowitzki should continue to see significantly capped minutes the rest of the way, the 2017 first-round pick of the Kings could well see a similar level of opportunity in some of Dallas' remaining games.
News: Doncic totaled 24 points (8-16 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 7-7 FT), six assists and five rebounds across 29 minutes in the Mavericks' 126-118 loss to the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
Impact: Doncic's sharp effort was a bright spot in yet another road defeat for the Mavericks. The rookie is right back to his usual numbers after a brief two-game detour where he failed to hit the 20-point mark earlier in March. Doncic has at least 24 points in each of the last three contests, and Wednesday's 50.0 percent shooting night was his best since the first game of the month versus the Grizzlies.
News: Kleber (wrist) will not play Wednesday against the Blazers, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Kleber sprained his left wrist earlier in the week, and while X-Rays revealed no structural damage, the big man will be held out Wednesday amid lingering soreness. Given that the Mavs are on the first night of a back-to-back, Kleber could be at risk of missing Thursday's game in Sacramento, as well.
News: Kleber (wrist) is questionable for Wednesday's matchup against the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Kleber's X-rays returned negative, and there's some hope he can play as soon as Wednesday. Chances are, he'll test things out during morning shootaround to see if he can take the floor. There's no reason to rush Kleber back, however, considering the Mavs' place in the standings.
News: Mejri managed nine points (4-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt), seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 14 minutes during Monday's 129-125 overtime loss to the Pelicans.
Impact: Mejri finished with a season high scoring total while occupying the backup center role. He has earned double-digit minutes in eight of 10 games since the All-Star break. Nevertheless, as long as Dwight Powell stays healthy, Mejri is merely a dart throw in daily leagues.
News: Harris had six points (1-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), two rebounds, and two assists in 19 minutes during Monday's 129-125 overtime loss to the Pelicans.
Impact: Harris was fairly quiet in this one after dishing out nine dimes during Saturday's win over the Cavaliers. The 36-year-old veteran isn't exactly part of the plan (developing the younger players) heading into the final stretch of the regular season. Still, coach Rick Carlisle orchestrates enough small-ball lineups that Harris typically earns double-digit minutes.
News: Doncic delivered 29 points (10-26 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 8-11 FT), 13 rebounds, 10 assists, and two steals in 39 minutes during Monday's 129-125 overtime loss to the Pelicans.
Impact: Doncic returned to the lineup following a one-game absence with a bruised knee. While he struggled from the field, Doncic produced his fifth career triple-double, with each occurring across his last 21 appearances. Assuming his knee is still in decent enough shape that he can give it a go, expect Doncic to pile up plenty of counting stats once again during Wednesday's bout versus the Trail Blazers.
News: Kleber underwent x-rays on his sprained left wrist which came back negative but his availability for Wednesday's contest against the Trail Blazers is still uncertain, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Kleber made an early exit in Monday's overtime loss to the Pelicans, recording nine points, six rebounds and two assists across 25 minutes of action. He has played a key role off the bench since the All Star Break, averaging 7.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game during the stretch. If he is ruled out, look for Dirk Nowitzki and Dorian Finney-Smith to see an uptick in minutes.
News: Kleber will not return to Monday's game against the Pelicans after suffering a left wrist sprain, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Kleber suffered the injury after a dunk in the quarter. He played 24 minutes prior to suffering the injury, collecting nine points and five rebounds. He should be considered questionable for the Mavericks' next game, Wednesday at Portland, with more information on his status coming out following the conclusion of Monday's game.
News: Doncic (knee) will play in Monday's game against the Pelicans, Saad Yousuf of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Doncic missed the previous game with a bruised right knee, but as expected, he'll return Monday. He should see his usual role, averaging 32.8 minutes per game in his last 10 played.
News: Doncic (knee) is listed as probable for Monday's game against the Pelicans.
Impact: The Mavs held Doncic out of Saturday's game due to a bruised right knee, but after a few days off, the star rookie is poised to return to the starting five Monday. Doncic is coming off of a 24-point, 11-rebound, nine-assist effort Thursday against Denver, and he's putting up 22.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.3 steals in nine games since the All-Star break.
News: Finney-Smith furnished 14 points (5-10 FG, 4-6 3Pt), six rebounds, six assists and one block across 35 minutes in the Mavericks' 121-116 win over the Cavaliers on Saturday.
Impact: Finney-Smith's hot hand from three-point range helped lead to his best scoring total since Feb. 6. The 25-year-old was more involved than usual on the offensive end overall, as his 10 shot attempts were the most he'd put up since Feb. 10. Despite the improved numbers Saturday, Finney-Smith has struggled to produce consistently on the offensive end throughout the season. However, he's been a solid and steady source of rebounds throughout most of the campaign, and he certainly retains a degree of deep-league value as the season winds down.
News: Nowitzki registered 14 points (5-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT), six rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks across 29 minutes in the Mavericks' 121-116 win over the Cavaliers on Saturday.
Impact: The veteran turned back the clock with an efficient and diversified stat line Saturday, posting only his second double-digit scoring effort of March in the process. Nowitzki logged his highest allotment of minutes on the season as well, parlaying them into his first joint multi-steal/multi-block effort of the campaign. Saturday's surge aside, it's should be noted that Nowitzki's minutes had only exceeded the teens once in the seven games prior, so his level of production versus the Cavaliers could prove difficult to replicate consistently the rest of the way.
News: Powell produced 16 points (8-10 FG, 0-1 FT), three rebounds, two assists and two blocks across 29 minutes in the Mavericks' 121-116 win over the Cavaliers on Saturday.
Impact: Powell was surprisingly light on the rebounding front, but he made up for it with an 80.0 percent success rate from the floor and pair of rejections. The fifth-year big saw a nice boost in fantasy value across all formats upon the trade of Deandre Jordan to the Knicks shortly before the deadline, and he's specifically providing the best offensive production of his career. Factoring in Saturday's line, Powell has now scored 16 points or more in five of his last seven games, and he's eclipsed 20 points in five games overall since Jordan's departure.
News: Brunson managed 16 points (6-10 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven assists and two rebounds across 26 minutes in the Mavericks' 121-116 win over the Cavaliers on Saturday.
Impact: Brunson continued his strong stretch of recent play Saturday, and his contributions were particularly important in the absence of Luka Doncic (knee). The rookie has now scored in double digits for seven straight games, and in 10 of his last 12 overall. He's been doing it with elite-level shooting, as Brunson has now drained 53.3 percent or more of his attempts in four of his last five contests, a sample that includes three games with at least a 60.0 percent success rate. The 22-year-old projects to continue logging plenty of minutes as Dallas looks to lay a foundation for next season.
News: Kleber totaled 18 points (5-11 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 12 rebounds, one assist and one block across 25 minutes in the Mavericks' 121-116 win over the Cavaliers on Saturday.
Impact: Kleber's stellar showing off the bench helped key the Mavericks' win, and his rebounding tally was a team-high total. The 27-year-old continues to be an inconsistent contributor, even as he now has back-to-back double-doubles. Kleber had scored in single digits in four of the prior six games, so despite Saturday's surge, he can be difficult to trust on a game-to-game basis. Nevertheless, as he demonstrated against the Cavaliers, the potential for a double-double exists any time he sees at least 20 minutes.
News: Hardaway poured in 22 points (8-18 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and added four rebounds and two assists across 36 minutes in the Mavericks' 121-116 win over the Cavaliers on Saturday.
Impact: With Luka Doncic (knee) sitting out the contest. coach Rick Carlisle elevated Hardaway to the starting five on the two-guard's 27th birthday. Hardaway responded with a team-high scoring tally, and his best point total since Feb. 10, his third game with the Mavericks following a trade with the Knicks. The six-year veteran has been dealing with an inconsistent shot in March, but he's now posted success rates of 46.7 percent and 44.4 percent over his last two games, respectively. Hardaway remains a solid source of three-pointers, but his overall scoring remains hard to trust due to his sub-40-percent shooting on the season.
News: Harris (ankle) was upgraded to probable for Saturday's game against the Cavaliers.
Impact: Harris was limited to nine minutes during Thursday's loss to the Nuggets but appears on track to play Saturday. The veteran guard is averaging 6.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists over 15.1 minutes this season.
News: Hardaway will start Saturday's game against the Cavaliers, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: Luka Doncic (knee) is out, so coach Rick Carlisle will bring Hardaway into the first unit. Across seven March games, he's averaging 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 27.7 minutes.
News: Doncic (knee) was ruled out of Saturday's game against the Cavaliers, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: Doncic will miss his first game after suffering a bruise on his right knee during Thursday's loss to the Nuggets. In his absence, Jalen Brunson and Trey Burke will be in line for expanded workloads.
News: Doncic is questionable for Saturday's matchup against the Cavaliers due to a bruised right knee, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Doncic has been dealing with discomfort in his knee recently, though the last time he sat out was Feb. 23. Since then, he's averaging 22.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 block in 32.8 minutes. If he sits out Saturday's contest, Trey Burke and Devin Harris (ankle) could see more action.
News: Harris is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Cavaliers a left ankle sprain, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Harris played just nine minutes in Thursday's loss to the Nuggets, and he appears to have emerged with a sprained left ankle. It's unclear how severe it is, but more on Harris' status should be revealed by Saturday afternoon.
News: Brunson finished with 20 points (8-15 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 39 minutes during Thursday's 100-99 loss to Denver.
Impact: Brunson was magnificent again Thursday, notching his sixth straight double-digit scoring game. Over that period he is averaging 18.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.8 three-pointers. He has also hit 17 consecutive free-throws and has emerged as a must-roster player across most formats.
News: Doncic ended with 24 points (10-23 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 3-7 FT), 11 rebounds, nine assists, and two steals in 35 minutes during Thursday's 100-99 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Doncic bounced back after a terrible game against the Spurs, falling one assist shy of another triple-double. He had been questionable heading into the game with what appears to be an ongoing knee injury. It didn't appear to be too much of an issue in the loss but he will still likely remain questionable moving forward. Despite his amazing rookie season, his poor free-throw shooting continues to be one of the more confusing stories across the league. Over his past seven games, he has shot better than 60 percent just twice.
News: Powell finished with 16 points (5-10 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 10 rebounds, and one block in 36 minutes during Thursday's 100-99 loss to Denver.
Impact: Powell put up a double-double Thursday but didn't offer a lot outside of his points and rebounds. Powell has been a solid standard league player since establishing himself as the starting center, although the lack of peripheral numbers certainly caps his overall value.
News: Finney-Smith will move to the bench for Thursday's game against Denver, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Finney-Smith had started each of the last four games for the Mavs, but Tim Hardaway will slot in at small forward, pushing Finney-Smith to a reserve role. He was held to four points over 21 minutes the last time he came off the bench Mar. 4 against Brooklyn.
News: Hardaway is starting Thursday's game against the Nuggets, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Hardaway was shifted to the bench for Tuesday's matchup with the Spurs, but he'll rejoin the starting five Thursday. As a result, Dorian Finney-Smith will move to the bench.
News: Doncic (knee) is in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Nuggets, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Doncic stated after Tuesday's matchup that his knee has been causing him some discomfort of late and that he's not quite at 100 percent, but he's going to play through it. It doesn't appear as though he'll face any type of minutes restriction, as he managed to log 34 minutes in the Mavericks' previous matchup with San Antonio.
News: Doncic struggled in Tuesday's loss to the Spurs and said after the game that he's still dealing with discomfort in his knee, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports. "Honestly, I wasn't 100 percent, but I want to play," Doncic said. "I want to play always. Even if we're not playing for that much right now, I want to play every game."
Impact: Given Doncic's value and the Mavs' standing in the West, it's somewhat surprising that the rookie was given the green light to play Tuesday, and his status is now worth monitoring as Thursday's matchup with the Nuggets approaches. If Doncic is still feeling the effects of a strained knee at shootaround in the morning, it wouldn't be shocking if he shows up on the injury report or is held out as a precaution.
News: Porzingis is expected to practice with the Mavs on Wednesday, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports. "Today I played three-on-three," Porzingis said during a live interview on TNT on Tuesday night. "[Wednesday] is going to be my first five-on-five practice, full-on, without any restrictions at all. And I've been feeling great."
Impact: While there's still no expectation that Porzingis will return to game action this season, this is still a major step in the right direction for the big man, whom the Mavs acquired from New York around the trade deadline. Thus far, he's been limited to drills and three-on-three work, but Porzingis will begin to scrimmage with his new teammates in an attempt to begin building chemistry and familiarity. Dallas is out of the playoff race in the West, but all eyes are on the 2019-20 season, when the Porzinigis and Luka Doncic-led Mavs will likely shift from rebuilding team to postseason contender. "KP is doing very well," coach Rick Carlisle said Tuesday night. "I watched him play a live three-on-three game this morning and do a lot of spectacular things and a lot of simple things with a great degree of specialization. The prospect of him being with us on the court is extremely exciting. But we're not there yet. But he's ramping it up and he'll be practicing with us sometime soon."
News: Brunson generated 34 points (12-16 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 7-7 FT), five rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 37 minutes during Tuesday's 112-105 loss to the Spurs.
Impact: Brunson finished with career high scoring and minutes totals while producing double-digit points for the fifth straight contest. It was an extraordinarily efficient effort from the rookie point guard, who stepped up with Luka Doncic (knee) struggling in this one. Given that the Mavericks are clearly focused on developing the young talent on the roster, Brunson is a good bet to continue earning at least 30 minutes more often than not.
News: Powell recorded 20 points (6-15 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 7-7 FT), seven rebounds, and one assist in 39 minutes during Tuesday's 112-105 loss to the Spurs.
Impact: Powell continues to fire away from beyond the arc despite his relative lack of success (30.4 percent). Nevertheless, he also takes enough shots from his comfort zones to maintain an impressive field goal percentage (59.1). This is the fifth time in 10 games since the All-Star break that Powell has poured in at least 20 points, and he continues to log heavy minutes on a team lacking center depth.
News: Finney-Smith finished with eight points (3-5 FG, 2-4 3Pt), seven rebounds, and four assists in 35 minutes during Tuesday's 112-105 loss to the Spurs.
Impact: Finney-Smith has earned at least 30 minutes in consecutive contests. However, he has reached double figures in scoring in only two of 10 games since the All-Star break. Regardless of whether he starts or comes off the bench, sees a bunch of minutes or limited action, Finney-Smith isn't aggressive offensively and doesn't produce enough in the other departments to hold consistent value outside of deeper leagues.
News: Doncic had 12 points (5-18 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 1-9 FT), seven assists, six rebounds, and two blocks in 34 minutes during Tuesday's 112-105 loss to the Spurs.
Impact: Doncic had been listed as questionable due to a strained left knee but apparently felt good enough to give it a go in this one. With that being said, the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year couldn't buy a bucket from anywhere (including the charity stripe) and coughed up nine turnovers. It seems fairly likely that the injury bothered him at least to some extent, so fantasy owners may want to keep tabs on Doncic heading into Thursday's matchup with the Nuggets.
News: Hardaway will play a reserve role in Tuesday's tilt against the Spurs, Mark Followill of Fox Sports Southwest reports.
Impact: Hardway has started every game with the exception of his first with the Mavericks, but a prolonged slump is likely the reason for his demotion. He has averaged 15.0 points on 39.9 percent shooting from the floor and 29.8 percent from deep across 14 games since being traded.
News: Nowitzki will get the start at power forward Tuesday's game against the Spurs, Mark Followill of Fox Sports Southwest reports.
Impact: Nowitzki will replace Tim Hardaway in the starting lineup. He has averaged 9.8 points, and 4.6 rebounds across 23.1 minutes in five starts this season. He figures to be in line for a similar workload Tuesday.
News: Doncic (knee) will be available Tuesday against the Spurs, Bobby Karalla of Mavs.com reports.
Impact: Doncic was questionable coming in with a strained left knee, but it's apparently nothing serious, as the Rookie of the Year frontrunner will be in the starting lineup at his usual spot. Doncic is coming off of a 19-point, 15-rebound, nine-assist, two-steal, two-block performance in Sunday's narrow loss to Houston.
News: Doncic is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Spurs due to a left knee strain, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Doncic suffered the injury in Sunday's game; and while he was able to stay in the contest, he limped his way to the finish and is apparently still feeling some soreness. A final call on Doncic's status for Tuesday's game figures to come at some point on game day.
News: Doncic said he experienced discomfort in his right knee while grabbing a rebound in Sunday's 94-93 loss to the Rockets, Gerry Fraley of The Dallas Morning News reports. "I just felt a 'pop,'" Doncic said. "We'll see."
Impact: Doncic was able to remain in the game and finished the contest with 19 points (5-16 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 8-9 FT), 15 rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two blocks in 37 minutes. The rookie's ability to play through any pain and handle a normal workload suggests the knee issue isn't too much of a concern, but the Mavericks still plan to check in on his condition at Monday's practice. Dallas is back on the schedule Tuesday at home versus San Antonio.
News: Powell finished with nine points (4-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt), six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block over 26 minutes in the Mavericks' loss to the Rockets on Sunday.
Impact: His nine point outing broke his streak of eight straight double-digit scoring games, though he managed to fill out the stat sheet nicely to still return fantasy value in Sunday's loss. Over his prior eight games, Powell averaged a healthy 17.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He's Dallas' best option in the frontcourt and will look to bounce back on Tuesday against the Spurs.
News: Kleber totaled 10 points (4-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, three blocks, one assist and one steal over 31 minutes in the Mavericks' loss to the Rockets on Sunday.
Impact: Kleber (knee) returned from a two-game absence to produce a double-double in Sunday's loss. Games like this shouldn't be expected often, as Kleber has clearly fallen behind Dwight Powell in the pecking order in Dallas' rotation.
News: Brunson totaled 18 points (6-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-5 FT), seven rebounds and four assists over 35 minutes in the Mavericks' loss to the Rockets on Sunday.
Impact: Brunson made his sixth consecutive start in Sunday's loss, producing a solid stat line. He's averaged 15.3 points and 7.0 assists over his last three games, and if he can sustain that level of production moving forward, he may find value outside of deep leagues.
News: Doncic totaled 19 points (5-16 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 8-9 FT), 15 rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two blocks over 37 minutes in the Mavericks' loss to the Rockets on Sunday.
Impact: Doncic added another huge game to his impressive Rookie of the Year campaign, missing out on a triple-double by just one assist. Doncic's averages over his last three games are eye-popping, as the first-year pro has gone for 24.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.3 steals.
News: Kleber (knee) has been cleared to play Sunday against Houston, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Kleber was listed as a game-time decision for Sunday's clash, but his knee evidently feels good enough to take the court. He shifted to a bench role in his previous four contests before the injury, so he figures to remain in that role.
News: Mejri scored eight points (3-6 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT) while adding five rebounds, three blocks and an assist in only 16 minutes off the bench during Friday's 111-106 loss to the Magic.
Impact: The three blocks tied his season high. Despite his occasional flashes of prowess on the defensive end, Mejri doesn't see enough court time to have any consistent fantasy value, and the 32-year-old isn't likely to see his role increase on a Mavs squad in full rebuild mode.
News: Doncic scored a game-high 24 points (9-20 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 3-5 FT) while adding eight rebounds, five assists and a steal in 33 minutes during Friday's 111-106 loss to the Magic.
Impact: As per usual. the rookie didn't get a whole lot of help -- in addition to leading the Mavs in scoring, he paced the club in made three-pointers and boards as well. Since returning to action from a minor ankle injury, Doncic has scored at least 20 points in five of the last six games, averaging 24.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.7 threes and 1.3 steals over that stretch.
News: Kleber (knee) is out Friday against the Magic, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Kleber's sore knee isn't 100 percent healthy, so he'll continue to sit out. In his absence, Dorian Finney-Smith could see more run.
News: Hardaway scored 17 points (7-15 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and tallied three rebounds along with two assists and a steal across 30 minutes Wednesday against Washington.
Impact: Hardaway saw plenty of playing time, but he converted on just 22.2 percent of his threes in a 132-123 loss on the road. He's shot an unimpressive 29.3 percent from deep over his previous five contests, although he has averaged 14.9 ppg and 3.6 rpg over his last five matchups, primarily due to his success from the field (39.8 percent) and the charity stripe (72.7 percent).
News: Jackson compiled 18 points (6-10 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds and an assist over 25 minutes Wednesday against Washington.
Impact: Jackson led the bench in scoring and did the majority of his damage from beyond the arc, where he converted on 71.4 percent of his treys on the evening. The 23-year-old forward had been held to just nine points over his previous three contests, so Wednesday's outing was certainly a step in the right direction, although it's uncertain whether he can put up these types of numbers on a consistent basis.
News: Powell finished Wednesday night's game against Washington with 26 points (11-12 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-6 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists and a block across 36 minutes.
Impact: Powell was extremely efficient on the evening, converting on all but one attempt from the field in a 132-123 loss. The Stanford product has been impressive across the board of late, as he's averaging 19.0 points along with 7.8 boards, 3.6 assists and 1.2 steals over his previous five matchups.
News: Doncic registered 31 points (11-26 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 7-9 FT), 11 rebounds, seven assists and four steals across 36 minutes Wednesday against Washington.
Impact: Doncic didn't have his best shooting day from beyond the arc, but he did convert on 77.8 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe and tallied his third double-double over the last five games. The 20-year-old is averaging 19.0 points through his first three contests in March and should continue to impress in the scoring and rebounding department going forward.
News: Kleber (knee) won't suit up for Wednesday's game against the Wizards, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: Kleber is battling some inflammation in his left knee and will be held out Wednesday. Dirk Nowitzki, Dorian Finney-Smith and Salah Mejri are candidates for increased run with Kleber out. the injury doesn't appear to be overly serious and Kleber can be considered day-to-day heading into Friday's tilt with Orlando.
News: Nowitzki will come off the bench in Wednesday's match against the Wizards, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Nowitzki will be demoted after starting the previous five games. The veteran forward's averaging 5.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 threes in 13.1 minutes per game so far this year.
News: Finney-Smith will start Wednesday's game against the Wizards, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports
Impact: Finney-Smith will return to the starting lineup after a three-game stint off the bench. Across 63 games this season, the third-year pro's averaging 7.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steal in 25.2 minutes.
News: Kleber (knee) is not expected to be available for Wednesday's game against the Wizards, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Kleber is battling some inflammation in his left knee, and the Mavs will likely hold him out of action on a precautionary basis. The forward is coming off of an eight-point, five-rebound, four-assist game Monday against the Nets.
News: Kleber (knee) is considered questionable for Wednesday's game against the Wizards.
Impact: Kleber has what the Mavs are calling a "knee effusion," and they'll wait to see how he feels closer to tip-off before making a final call. Kleber is no longer a regular starer, but he's still averaged more than 21 minutes per game off the bench over his last four contests.
News: Brunson totaled 10 points (4-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and one assist across 20 minutes in Monday's 127-88 loss to the Nets.
Impact: Brunson started again Monday despite his two-point dud his last time out, and he played much better, hitting 80 percent of his shots in the contest. His playing time took a dip Monday night as well, and it will be important to monitor his minutes moving forward, with Trey Burke on the bench.
News: Doncic produced 16 points (6-16 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-4 FT), six rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal across 29 minutes in Monday's 127-88 loss to the Nets.
Impact: Doncic struggled a little bit with his shot in Monday's contest, failing to hit many mid-range shots and shot just 25 percent from the charity stripe. Even on an off day, he still contributed in each of the five main categories, which shows how versatile and valuable Doncic's skill set is for the Mavs.
News: Powell posted 20 points (6-7 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds and six assists across 32 minutes in Monday's 127-88 loss to the Nets.
Impact: Powell has now started the last four games since Dallas made moves at the trade deadline, and the result has been positive, recording two games of 20-plus points while become a more consistent contributor to the rebound and assist columns. While Kristaps Porzingis (knee) continues to recover, Powell will be a consistent player with a secure starting role.
News: Antetokounmpo is with the team but is not active, and he continues to recover from a hip flexor injury, Dwain Price of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: Antetokounmpo hasn't taken the court for the Mavericks so far this season, but he's on the team's road trip and is working with one of the Dallas' assistant coaches during practice to get back from a hip issue. Even if he does check into an NBA game this season, he's unlikely to log key minutes.
News: Harris totaled three points (0-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-6 FT), four rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 16 minutes during Saturday's 111-81 loss to the Grizzlies.
Impact: Harris continues to earn double-digit minutes more often than not. Nevertheless, his production remains minimal given that he's still operating in a reserve role on a team geared toward building for the future. Outside of the very deepest formats, Harris can be left on waiver wires.
News: Hardaway had 10 points (3-10 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), one rebound, and one assist in 21 minutes during Saturday's 111-81 loss to the Grizzlies.
Impact: Hardaway played through an illness but struggled badly in this one. He remains the team's second option offensively behind Luka Doncic, so expect Hardaway to try to bounce back during Monday's matchup with the Nets.
News: Hardaway (illness) is expected to play Saturday against the Grizzlies, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Hardaway missed Friday's practice due to an illness, but he's recovered in time for Saturday's matchup. Since the All-Star break, he's averaging 18.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals in 31.5 minutes.
News: Hardaway did not participate in Friday's practice due to an illness, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: The Mavericks did not provide an update on Hardaway's status for Saturday's game against the Grizzlies, as it is likely too early to tell. For now, Hardaway should be considered questionable and will likely end up being a game-time call based on how he is feeling in the morning.
News: Powell pitched in 12 points (5-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-3 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 110-101 win over the Pacers.
Impact: Powell earned a team high minute total and filled up the stat sheet, contributing in every category except blocks. The 27-year-old big man has reached double figures in scoring in four straight games (and in nine of the last 11). In the aftermath of DeAndre Jordan being moved to the Knicks in exchange for the injured Kristaps Porzingis (knee), Powell continues to make the most of his opportunities.
News: Hardaway had 20 points (7-16 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 2-3 FT), four rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 36 minutes during Wednesday's 110-101 win over the Pacers.
Impact: Hardaway has scored at least 20 points in three straight games (and in five of the last seven). He's no longer the top offensive option like he was for the Knicks prior to the trade, but Hardaway's efficiency could be on the rise given that he now has Luka Doncic to set him up.
News: Brunson contributed 24 points (9-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-5 FT), five assists, three rebounds, and three steals in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 110-101 win over the Pacers.
Impact: Brunson produced a career high scoring total while matching his career high in steals. He has posted at least 20 points twice in the last four games, and he took advantage of the absence of Trey Burke (illness) in this one. With two days to rest and recover, Burke could be back for Saturday's showdown with the Grizzlies, but if not Brunson would likely be the main beneficiary once again.
News: Doncic dialed up 26 points (9-16 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 5-7 FT), 10 rebounds, and seven assists in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 110-101 win over the Pacers.
Impact: Doncic finished with as many turnovers as assists but tallied counting stats galore while nearing a triple-double. His numbers have skyrocketed with each passing month, and he finishes February with a monthly average of 9.4 boards per game. Without DeAndre Jordan around anymore, he grabbed at least 10 boards six times through nine games in February, this compared to seven double-digit rebounding efforts through his first 48 appearances.
News: Finner-Smith will come off the bench for Wednesday's tilt with Indiana, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: Finney-Smith will be replaced by Jalen Brunson in the starting lineup against the Pacers. The reason for the move is unclear, but it's unlikely to have too much of an effect on Finner-Smith's playing time as the third-year forward's carved out a sizable rotational role with the Mavericks and is averaging 25.5 minutes per game on the season.
News: Brunson will start Wednesday's game against the Pacers, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: Brunson will return to the starting lineup after a one-game stint off the bench. Through 52 games, including 18 starts this season, the rookie guard's averaging 7.2 points, 2.5 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 18.5 minutes.
News: Burke (illness) won't play in Wednesday's tilt with the Pacers, Mark Followill of Fox Sports Southwest reports.
Impact: Burke won't play after the feeling sick prior to tipoff Wednesday. The illness is unlikely to last too long, however Burke will be a game-time decision for Saturday's game against Memphis. Look for Jalen Brunson and Devin Harris to receive more run while Burke is out.
News: Kleber (illness) managed 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt), two assists, one rebound and two blocks across 18 minutes in the Mavericks' 121-112 loss to the Clippers on Monday.
Impact: Kleber ceded the start at power forward to Dirk Nowitzki, who outpaced him by eight minutes of playing time. The 27-year-old has been an inconsistent source of points and rebounds for fantasy owners in deeper formats this season, with a scoreless effort over 18 minutes versus the Nuggets last Friday serving as the latest example of his occasional scoring downturns. Nevertheless, with Nowitzki no longer suited to logging true starter's minutes for an extended stretch, it appears likely that Kleber will return to the first unit in relatively short order.
News: Nowitzki finished with 12 points (3-10 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one block across 26 minutes in the Mavericks' 121-112 loss to the Clippers on Monday.
Impact: Nowitzki drew another start at power forward and hit double digits in the scoring column for the second time in as many games. The 40-year-old did see his a significant shooting downturn, however, which prevented his night from being even more productive. Given that he's averaged 13.5 points and 3.5 rebounds over 25.5 minutes in his recent pair of turns with the first unit, it's possible coach Rick Carlisle affords Nowitzki a third consecutive starting assignment versus the Pacers on Wednesday.
News: Hardaway contributed 20 points (7-16 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds and two assists across 35 minutes in the Mavericks' 121-112 loss to the Clippers on Monday.
Impact: Hardaway propped up his final line with a serviceable showing from behind the arc. The six-year veteran hit the 20-point mark for the third time in four games, a sign that he appears to be hitting his stride in his new Dallas digs. That notion is supported by the fact that Hardaway has shot better than 41.0 percent in four straight contests, his longest such stretch of what has been an inconsistent season. He continues to offer solid complementary contributions in the rebounding category as well, with the 3.5 boards he's averaging for the season representing the second-best showing of his career in that category.
News: Powell turned in 24 points (10-11 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks across 37 minutes in the Mavericks' 121-112 loss to the Clippers on Monday.
Impact: Drawing the start for Salah Mejri, Powell paced the Mavericks in minutes and parlayed them into a season-high point total. Powell's 90.9 percent success rate from the floor was also one of his best showings of the season in that category, and his eight rebounds were representative of his typically strong work on the boards. If coach Rick Carlisle opts to continue affording Powell run with the first unit, the big man could become a regular threat for a double-double if he sees at least 30 minutes of playing time.
News: Doncic (ankle) provided 28 points (7-12 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 10-12 FT), 10 rebounds, 10 assists and one block across 33 minutes in the Mavericks' 121-112 loss to the Clippers on Monday.
Impact: Doncic didn't miss a beat in his return from a two-game absence, racking up his second triple-double of February for good measure. The sensational rookie now has double-digit rebounds in five of his last eight contests, while also dishing out at least eight assists in four straight. Doncic even managed to improve on his already stellar body of work Monday by turning in his best shooting effort (58.3 percent) since Jan. 27, yet another impressive chapter in his rewarding first-year NBA campaign.
News: Mejri will come off the bench Monday against the Clippers, MavStats reports.
Impact: Mejri has started three straight games for the Mavericks, although his playing time and scoring production has been limited during that stretch (seven total points). He'll head to the bench Monday, and as a result, Dwight Powell will draw his first start of the 2018-2019 campaign.
News: Powell is starting Monday against the Clippers, MavStats reports.
Impact: Powell is slated to join the first unit for the first time this season, as Salah Mejri will head to a bench role. Powell has played well as a role player of late, posting averages of 12.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists over his previous seven matchups.
News: Kleber will come off the bench Monday against the Clippers, MavStats reports.
Impact: Kleber was expected to rejoin the first unit after missing Saturday's game due to illness, but Dirk Nowitzki will make his second straight start at power forward. It's unclear as to whether this is a permanent change, although clarity surrounding Kleber's role should emerge in the near future.
News: Kleber (illness) is available Monday against the Clippers, Tim Cato of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kleber is slated to rejoin the starting lineup after missing Saturday's game due to an illness. His return will push Dirk Nowitzki back to a bench role. Since moving into the starting lineup at the end of January (eight games), Kleber has posted averages of 8.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 25.3 minutes.