Dallas Mavericks Player News: All Positions

News: Brunson (shoulder) is seven weeks into his rehab, which was expected to be four-to-six months following surgery, Dwain Price of Mavs.com reports.
Impact: Brunson added that his recovery is "going pretty well," but that it seems unlikely that he'd return in July if the season resumes then. However, he should be ready for next season's training camp. This campaign, he's averaging 8.2 points, 3.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds across 17.9 minutes.
News: Brunson (shoulder) is planning on being recovered in time to participate in next season's training camp, Callie Caplan of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Brunson underwent shoulder surgery to address a torn labrum in mid-March. He had a similar season to his 2018-19 rookie campaign but set career marks in assists (3.3) and rebounds (2.4) per game, as well as free-throw percentage (81.3) and three-point percentage (35.8). Barring any major roster shakeup, Brunson should remain the Mavericks' backup point guard in 2020-21.
News: Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle confirmed that Brunson won't return this season after undergoing right shoulder surgery earlier Friday, Mike Peasley of the Dallas Mavericks Radio Network reports.
Impact: Brunson was initially deemed out indefinitely after requiring the procedure to address a torn labrum, but Carlisle was able to provide a clearer timeline for the second-year guard's recovery. Even with the current NBA season being suspended and potentially on track to run deeper into the summer than in years past, Carlisle said he doesn't anticipate Brunson to receive full medical clearance until training camp next fall. Brunson will wrap up his sophomore campaign with averages of 8.2 points, 3.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game across 57 appearances.
News: Brunson underwent surgery on his right shoulder Friday to address a torn labrum, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: The 23-year-old suffered the injury in late February and was attempting to finish the season without going under the knife, but the suspension of the NBA season Wednesday appears to have spurred a change of plan. Brunson remains without an official recovery timetable.
News: Kleber supplied 15 points (6-13 FG, 3-9 3Pt), four rebounds and one assist in 38 minutes Wednesday, as the Mavericks beat the Nuggets 113-97.
Impact: With Kristaps Porzingis (rest) and Dorian Finney-Smith (hip) inactive, Kleber was a boom candidate. While the usage and playing time was there, Boban Marjanovic (31 points, 17 rebounds) stole the spotlight. Nonetheless, Kleber hit double-digit scoring in consecutive contests for the first time since mid-January. The Mavericks will likely be fully healthy by their next game, which is in limbo given the ongoing international health scare.
News: Hardaway scored 14 points (4-15 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while chipping in five rebounds, an assist and a steal across 39 minutes during Wednesday night's 113-97 win over Denver.
Impact: Hardaway was clamped by Denver's wings, only managing to put together a mediocre final line due to some open threes. It was Hardaway's lowest-scoring performance in more than a month, something symbolic of the reasonable floor he possesses in the Mavs' offense.
News: Wright contributed 10 points (3-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, four assists, four steals and one block in 28 minutes during the Mavericks' 113-97 Wednesday night victory versus the Nuggets.
Impact: Wright finished at a team-high plus-27 off the bench Wednesday. He had strong fantasy numbers in Memphis to close last season and is connecting on career-best percentages from the field as well as from beyond the arc this season in Dallas. Wright is a name to remember in case of future injuries or an offseason trade.
News: Doncic posted 28 points (10-22 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 6-11 FT), nine assists, six rebounds and two steals in the Mavericks' 113-97 victory against the Nuggets on Wednesday.
Impact: Owners have come to expect excellence from Doncic, and he has consistently delivered -- with Wednesday being no exception. Doncic logged 40 minutes, matching a season high for a non-overtime game. It will be the last fans see of him until the NBA returns from its hiatus in response to the COVID-19 virus.
News: Marjanovic exploded for 31 points (12-20 FG, 7-8 FT), 17 rebounds, two steals and an assist in 31 minutes during the Mavericks' 113-97 win over the Nuggets on Wednesday.
Impact: Setting a season high for minutes and a career high for points, Marjanovic destroyed the Nuggets while starting at center in place of a resting Kristaps Porzingis. This was only his second start of the season, and it's not out of the question for him to fall back out of the rotation for games in which Porzingis is available. The performance at least provides another illustration of Marjanovic's ability to rack up stats when he's given playing time, though his massive 7-foot-4, 290-pound frame makes him unplayable against lineups with smaller, more agile centers.
News: Kidd-Gilchrist (illness) is available for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.
Impact: The 26-year-old was probable with an illness and will be suiting up as expected. Kidd-Gilchrist may see increased work Wednesday with Kristaps Porzingis (rest) and Dorian Finney-Smith (hip) out.
News: Cauley-Stein (illness) is available for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.
Impact: The 26-year-old was considered probable with an illness, and he'll be available as expected. Cauley-Stein may see increased run Wednesday with Kristaps Porzingis (rest) and Dorian Finney-Smith (hip) unavailable.
News: Marjanovic is in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets, Mike Peasley of the Dallas Mavericks Radio Network reports.
Impact: Kristaps Porzingis (rest) and Dorian Finney-Smith (hip) are both out Wednesday, so the 7-foot-3 Serbian will join the starting five. Marjanovic had nine points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 16 minutes during his only previous start this season.
News: Kleber is starting Wednesday's game against the Nuggets, Mike Peasley of the Dallas Mavericks Radio Network reports.
Impact: The 28-year-old returned to the bench Tuesday after starting the previous four games, but he'll move back into the starting lineup Wednesday with Kristaps Porzingis (rest) and Dorian Finney-Smith (hip) sitting out. Kleber is averaging 9.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.7 blocks in 30.6 minutes across his 20 starts this season.
News: Finney-Smith (hip) is out for Wednesday's contest against the Nuggets, Dwain Price of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: Finney-Smith returned to action Tuesday following a two-game absence, but he's feeling some soreness after 38 minutes on the court. In his absence, plus the absence of Kristaps Porzingis (rest), Maxi Kleber and Justin Jackson are strong candidates to see extra minutes.
News: Finney-Smith (hip) is questionable for Wednesday's contest against the Nuggets.
Impact: Finney-Smith returned from a two-game absence Tuesday, playing 38 minutes. However, he's apparently feeling sore and might sit out on the second night of a back-to-back. If that's the case, Maxi Kleber and Justin Jackson presumably would see extra minutes, especially with Kristaps Porzingis (rest) on the shelf.
News: Finney-Smith (hip) played 38 minutes and finished with 15 points (6-10 FG, 3-6 3Pt), four rebounds and one steal Tuesday in the Mavericks' 119-109 loss to the Spurs.
Impact: Back in action following a two-game absence due to a hip injury, Finney-Smith immediately stepped back into a starting role at power forward, bumping Maxi Kleber to the bench. Finney-Smith's ability to handle a hefty minutes load suggests the injury is firmly in the rear-view mirror, though the forward shouldn't be expected to score at this sort of rate moving forward. He's averaging 9.3 points per game on the season.
News: Kidd-Gilchrist (illness) is probable for Wednesday's action against the Nuggets.
Impact: Kidd-Gilchrist has missed the past two games due to an illness, but he's expected to return. With Kristaps Porzingis (rest) out, Kidd-Gilchrist may be in an opportunity to see more minutes than usual.
News: Brunson (shoulder) will remain out for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.
Impact: The reserve guard hasn't played since Feb. 21 due to a sprained right shoulder, but he was able to get some on-court work in over the weekend. Consider him very much questionable for Saturday's home matchup against Phoenix.
News: Cauley-Stein (illness) is probable for Wednesday's contest against the Nuggets.
Impact: After a one-game absence, Cauley-Stein will likely be back in the mix. With Kristaps Porzingis (rest) sitting out, Cauley-Stein could see an expanded role along with Maxi Kleber.
News: Curry (ankle) will remain out Wednesday against the Nuggets.
Impact: Curry will miss a third straight game due to a sprained left ankle, meaning his next chance to take the court won't arrive until Saturday's home matchup against the Suns. The sharpshooter had been playing well before the injury, as he was shooting 58 percent from the field and 57.6 percent from three since the start of February (13 games).
News: Porzingis is out Wednesday against the Nuggets for rest purposes.
Impact: On the second game of a back-to-back set, Porzingis will get the night off as the Mavericks remain cautious with his knee. In his absence, Maxi Kleber should see a significant uptick in usage.
News: Doncic notched 38 points (13-26 FG, 6-13 3Pt, 6-7 FT), eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes during Tuesday's 119-109 win over the Mavericks.
Impact: Doncic was doubtful due to a wrist injury, but that didn't limit the star guard to provide another impressive performance even if the Mavericks ended up losing. Doncic has scored 20 or more points in every single game since he returned from a seven-game absence last month.
News: Hardaway registered 20 points (8-17 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 0-2 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in 37 minutes during Tuesday's 119-109 loss at the Spurs.
Impact: Hardaway has topped the 15-point plateau in five straight games and while he filled out the stat sheet nicely in this game, most -- if not all -- of his value should remain tied to his scoring figures. He is averaging 22.6 points while shooting 41.7 percent from deep in that five-game stretch.
News: Kleber will come off the bench Tuesday at San Antonio.
Impact: The 28-year-old started the last five games but will return to the bench with Dorian Finney-Smith (hip) back in action Tuesday. Kleber is averaging 8.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.0 block over 23.0 minutes in 44 games off the bench this season.
News: Finney-Smith will start Tuesday's game against the Spurs.
Impact: After a two-game absence, Finney-Smith is back in the starting lineup, sending Maxi Kleber to the bench. Since the start of February, Finney-Smith is averaging 9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 29.7 minutes.
News: Finney-Smith (hip) is available for Tuesday's game against the Spurs.
Impact: Finney-Smith will make his return after missing two games with a hip injury. The 26-year-old has started in 60 of 63 games he has played this season, so Maxi Kleber could shift back to the bench Tuesday.
News: Doncic (wrist) is available for Tuesday's matchup against the Spurs.
Impact: Doncic is dealing with a sprained shooting wrist, but he'll give it a go Tuesday. Over the past four games, he's averaging 27.5 points on 21.5 shots, plus 9.0 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 1.5 steals in 36.3 minutes.
News: Finney-Smith (hip) is expected to play Tuesday against the Spurs, Michael C. Wright of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Finney-Smith has sat out the past two contests due to a right hip injury, but a return to the court is in the cards Tuesday. Since the start of February, he's averaging 9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 29.7 minutes.
News: Doncic (wrist) is expected to play in Tuesday's game against the Spurs, Michael Wright of ESPN reports.
Impact: Doncic was listed as questionable on the latest injury report, but coach Rick Carlisle told the media prior to game-time that he anticipates the All-Star playing. Keep an eye out for a final call on his status before the 8:00PM ET tip.
News: Doncic is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Spurs due to a sprained right wrist.
Impact: This is the first we've heard of the issue, as Doncic was not included on the initial report earlier Monday. Chances are, it's nothing too serious, but the All-Star's status is obviously one to monitor as Tuesday night's game approaches. Doncic is coming off of a 36-point, 10-rebound, eight-assist game in Sunday's loss to Indiana.
News: Cauley-Stein (illness) will not play in Tuesday's game against the Spurs, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Cauley-Stein picked up an illness Monday morning and will not make the trip to San Antonio. The hope is that he'll return for Wednesday night's home matchup against Denver.
News: Kidd-Gilchrist (illness) will remain out for Tuesday's game against the Spurs, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Kidd-Gilchrist won't make the trip with the team, but he could return Wednesday, when the Mavs return home to host the Nuggets.
News: Finney-Smith (hip) is considered questionable for Tuesday's game against the Spurs, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Finney-Smith is coming off of two straight absences, but the Mavs are hoping to get the defensive-minded wing back Tuesday for the first night of a back-to-back set.
News: Curry (ankle) will remain out for Tuesday's game against the Spurs, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: A sprained left ankle will cost Curry a second consecutive game, and it's quite possible he could remain out Wednesday as the Mavs play a road-home back-to-back. Expect Courtney Lee to benefit most from Curry's absence.
News: Hardaway contributed 30 points (11-21 FG, 6-11 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, two steals, a rebound and a block in 38 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Pacers.
Impact: Hardaway returned from a one-game absence due to an illness to reach 30 points for the fourth time this year. Since Dec. 18, the veteran guard has reached double figures in the scoring column on all but three occasions while increasing his season-long average to 15.8 points per contest. Most of Hardaway's fantasy value lies in his threes, which he's hit at an excellent 40.8 percent clip this year.
News: Porzingis (ankle) managed nine points (3-17 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 38 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Pacers.
Impact: Porizingis failed to crack double digits for the first time since Jan. 28 in what amounted to a forgettable performance for the star center. That said, considering his recent bout of excellent play and his difficult matchup with Myles Turner, owners should have few worries about Porzingis' production moving forward. In all likelihood, the 24-year-old will bounce back to his usual output levels in Tuesday's contest with San Antonio.
News: Doncic totaled 36 points (13-36 FG, 4-13 3Pt, 6-10 FT), 10 rebounds, eight assists and a steal in 36 minutes during Sunday's close loss to the Pacers.
Impact: Doncic just missed out on a triple-double, though he compensated owners with his 23rd 30-plus point effort of the season. As long as the 20-year-old can stay healthy, he's among the best fantasy assets in the league. Overall, Doncic is establishing career bests in nearly every statistical category and is averaging 28.5 points, 9.4 rebounds, 8.7 assists, 2.8 threes and 1.0 steal in 33.1 minutes per contest.
News: Finney-Smith (hip) will not play Sunday against the Pacers, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.>
Impact: A sore hip will keep FInney-Smith out for a second straight game after me missed Friday's win over the Grizzlies. Courtney Lee could be in line for another start in his place.
News: Hardaway (illness) has been cleared to play Sunday against Indiana, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.
Impact: The shooting guard was questionable coming in after missing Friday's game with an illness, but he'll be back to availability, and likely the starting lineup, Sunday. In eight games since the break, Hardaway is averaging nearly 35 minutes per game.
News: Porzingis (ankle) has been cleared to play Sunday against Indiana, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.
Impact: The big man was questionable coming in due to an ankle injury, but he'll avoid missing any time as the Mavs play their first of three games in four days.
News: Brunson (shoulder) completed an on-court workout prior to Sunday's game against the Pacers, Mike Peasley of the Dallas Mavericks Radio Network reports.
Impact: Brunson will miss his eighth straight game Sunday and remains without an official timeline to return from his sprained right shoulder, but his ability to take part in some on-court work can be taken as a positive sign. The Mavericks will likely have a more definitive target date for the guard's return to action once he's able to take part in practice in some capacity.
News: Kidd-Gilchrist is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Pacers with an illness.
Impact: Kidd-Gilchrist may be dealing with the same bug that kept teammate Tim Hardaway sidelined in Friday's win over the Grizzlies. The Mavericks could be quite shorthanded Sunday, as Kidd-Gilchrist is one of three players already ruled out for the contest, while Hardaway, Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) and Dorian Finney-Smith (hip) are all questionable. Kidd-Gilchrist's absence is one of the least significant ones, as he's averaging just 8.0 minutes per appearance since joining the Mavericks after the All-Star break.
News: The Mavericks list Porzingis as questionable for Sunday's game against the Pacers with a sprained right ankle.
Impact: Porzingis may have tweaked his ankle at some point during the 121-96 win over the Grizzlies on Friday, when the big man continued his dominant run of performances by posting 26 points (9-19 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and three steals in just 29 minutes. The Mavericks will presumably check back in on Porzingis' condition closer to the 7 p.m. ET tipoff, but if he ultimately gets the green light to play, he likely wouldn't be subjected to a minute restriction.
News: Curry (ankle) is out for Sunday's action against the Pacers.
Impact: Curry left Friday's win over the Grizzlies due to a sprained left ankle, and he'll need to take Sunday's game off to recover. In his absence, more minutes could be available for Delon Wright, Courtney Lee and Justin Jackson, especially if Tim Hardaway (illness) is also out.
News: Finney-Smith (hip) is questionable for Sunday's contest against the Pacers.
Impact: Finney-Smith missed Friday's win over the Grizzlies due to right hip soreness, and it's unclear if he'll be able to return Sunday. If he's out again, look for Justin Jackson to once more occupy an expanded role.
News: Hardaway (illness) is questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Pacers.
Impact: Hardaway seems to have recovered from his bruised left shoulder, but he may still be sidelined, as he's picked up an illness. If he's out again, Justin Jackson could once more see an expanded role, especially if Dorian Finney-Smith (hip, questionable) is out too.
News: Jackson posted 10 points (4-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt), four rebounds, four assists and one block across 32 minutes during Friday's 121-96 victory over the Grizzlies.
Impact: With Tim Hardaway (shoulder) and Dorian Finney-Smith (hip) sidelined, Jackson was given more responsibilities by coach Rick Carlisle. Jackson responded nicely in a season-high 32 minutes, putting on a relatively well-rounded effort. That said, with Hardaway's and Finney-Smith's injuries deemed day-to-day, there may not be anything actionable to do in fantasy with Jackson outside of very deep leagues.
News: Lee produced 13 points (5-6 FG, 3-4 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot across 29 minutes in Friday's 121-96 win over the Grizzles.
Impact: Lee drew the start with Tim Hardaway (shoulder) and Dorian Finney-Smith (hip) both sidelined and put together a decent stat line. The 34-year-old veteran has seen only 20 games on the floor for the Mavericks this season, but if Finney-Smith and Hardaway are slow to recover, Lee could serve as a moderately effective placeholder in the short term.
News: Doncic posted 21 points (7-20 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 5-8 FT), six assists, four rebounds and two steals across 30 minutes in Friday's 121-96 win over the Grizzlies.
Impact: While Kristaps Porzingis enjoyed a masterful game in the blowout win, Doncic struggled a bit with his shot, especially from long range. He only converted two threes out of eight attempts and converted only 35 percent from the floor overall. This outlier game shouldn't worry Doncic owners too much, as he's almost a lock for prolific production on a nightly basis.
News: Porzingis compiled 26 points (9-19 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 11 rebounds, four blocked shots, four assists and three steals across 29 minutes in Friday's 121-96 win over the Grizzlies.
Impact: Porzingis rattled off his fourth straight double-double on Friday, and it's safe to say that the Unicorn is finally rounding into top form as the Mavericks make their playoff run. Owners of the standout center should be wary of the occasional rest day as the season comes to a close, but he's brilliant when he's available. Over his past four games, he's averaged an eye-popping 31 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots.
News: Curry will not return to Friday's game against the Grizzlies due to a left ankle injury, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Curry 15 points (3/5 FG, 1/2 FT) and a rebound across 15 minutes before leaving the game. It is unclear how serious his ankle injury is, but he will not return Friday. Consider him day-to-day heading into Sunday's game against the Pacers.
News: Barea (ankle) is available Friday against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Barea was previously considered questionable but will play through his sore right ankle. Across his past six appearances, he's averaging 6.0 points, 4.7 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 15.5 minutes.
News: Finney-Smith (hip) won't play Friday against the Grizzlies, Mike Peasley of the Dallas Mavericks Radio Network reports.
Impact: Finney-Smith will miss his first game of the season Friday as he deals with a right hip injury. In his absence, Justin Jackson and Courtney Lee could see extra minutes.
News: Doncic (illness) will play Friday against the Grizzlies, Mike Peasley of the Dallas Mavericks Radio Network reports.
Impact: Doncic was previously questionable due to an illness, but he's feeling healthy enough to take the court. Across his past seven appearances, he's averaging 26.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 9.4 assists in 34.9 minutes.
News: Hardaway (shoulder) is out for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.
Impact: A bruised left shoulder will force Hardaway to miss a game for the first time since Jan. 4. In his absence, Justin Jackson and Courtney Lee could see extra action.
News: Barea (ankle) is questionable for Friday's game against the Grizzlies, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Barea missed Wednesday's game with an ankle injury, though there's some hope that he'll be able to return Friday. Over his past five appearances, the veteran guard is averaging 5.6 points and 4.6 assists in 14.8 minutes.
News: Doncic (illness) is questionable for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.
Impact: An illness prevented Doncic from practicing Thursday and, as a result, he's considered questionable for Friday's matchup. If he ends up not seeing the court, J.J. Barea (ankle) and Delon Wright could see expanded roles.
News: Hardaway is questionable for Friday's game against the Grizzlies with a left shoulder contusion, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Hardaway apparently picked up the injury during Wednesday's overtime win over the Pelicans, though he still played 39 minutes and finished with 18 points, four assists and one rebound. His availability should clear up closer to game time Friday.
News: Finney-Smith (hip) will be a game-time decision for Friday's game against Memphis, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Finney-Smith injured his hip during Wednesday's game against the Pelicans, which explains why he only played nine minutes in the overtime win. While he appears to have avoided a long-term injury, his status for Friday's game likely won't be determined until closer to tip-off.
News: Doncic (thumb) did not practice Thursday due to an illness, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Doncic underwent X-rays on his left thumb following Wednesday's overtime win over the Pelicans -- during which he tallied 30 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists in 41 minutes -- though everything came back clean and it's actually an illness that kept him from taking the court for Thursday's practice. He should be tentatively considered questionable for Friday's game against Memphis, with an update regarding his status likely coming after the team's morning shootaround.
News: Finney-Smith's (hip) injury is likely to be a day-to-day issue, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Finney-Smith suffered the injury during Wednesday's win over the Pelicans, and it seems like he's avoided something longer term. More information may arrive in the coming days, with the Mavericks' next game arriving Friday against the Grizzlies. Tentatively, Finney-Smith should be considered questionable for that contest.
News: Porzingis managed 34 points (14-28 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 12 rebounds, five blocks and three assists in 45 minutes during Wednesday's 127-123 victory over New Orleans.
Impact: After sitting out Monday's game due to rest, Porzingis wasted no time getting back into the swing of things. He led all scorers with 34 points, continuing his recent stretch of dominant performances. Over the past month, Porzingis has been the second-ranked player in standard formats. He appears more comfortable on the floor with Luka Doncic, and the more they are able to co-exist, the brighter the future looks for the Mavericks.
News: Curry totaled 21 points (7-12 FG, 6-9 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four assists, three rebounds and one steal in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 127-123 victory over the Pelicans.
Impact: Curry returned to action after missing the previous game due to a back injury. He was certainly not eased into things, playing 37 minutes in the victory. Dorian Finney-Smith (hip) played only nine minutes before exiting, affording Curry additional run. Curry has been putting up 12-team value, and if Finney-Smith is forced to miss time, Curry could be considered a must-roster guy.
News: Kleber amassed five points (2-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt), seven rebounds, five blocks, four assists and one steal in 39 minutes during Wednesday's 127-123 victory over the Pelicans.
Impact: Kleber moved into the starting lineup, supposedly for matchup purposes, and was able to deliver on the defensive end. The big man typically fills a muted role on offense, but he has value as a blocks streamer. Since the All-Star break, Kleber is averaging 2.6 rejections per game.
News: Doncic put up 30 points (9-20 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 8-13 FT), 17 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and one block in 41 minutes during Wednesday's overtime win over the Pelicans, but he underwent X-rays -- which came back negative -- on his left thumb after the game, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: The left thumb sprain he sustained last week is apparently still bothersome, though the injury is confirmed to still be a sprain after the X-rays. Doncic did have seven turnovers Wednesday, but he otherwise looked himself against New Orleans as he delivered his 14th triple-double of the season and fell one rebound short of tying his season high. It appears the 21-year-old won't be fully clear of the thumb injury in the near future, though at this point there's been no indication that he's expected to miss additional time.
News: Finney-Smith (hip) won't return to Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.
Impact: Finney-Smith suffered the injury during the first half and initially was questionable to return, but he won't end up retaking the court. He had two points (1-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt) in nine minutes and should be considered questionable for Friday's matchup with the Grizzlies.
News: Finney-Smith is questionable to return after suffering a right hip injury during Wednesday's tilt with the Pelicans, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Finney-Smith left Wednesday's game at the start of the second quarter with an unspecified hip issue. In the event he's unable to return, look for the team to publicize more information about the injury once Finney-Smith's been fully assessed by medical staff.
News: Lee is not starting Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.
Impact: Lee received the spot start in the second half of the back-to-back set Monday in Chicago, but he'll return to the bench for Wednesday's contest. The veteran guard is averaging 3.8 points and 1.2 rebounds in 12.2 minutes over 19 games this season.
News: Coach Rick Carlisle indicated Wednesday that Brunson (shoulder) is considered week-to-week, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Brunson is apparently taking part in running and shooting, but he's otherwise fairly limited. The 23-year-old suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder Feb. 22 and doesn't have a clear timetable for his return, but he's attempting to recover enough without surgery to retake the court again this season.
News: Curry (back) is available for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Curry was considered questionable after missing Monday's win over the Bulls with back pain, but he's ready to go off the bench Wednesday. The 29-year-old is averaging 22.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists on 57.9-percent shooting from three over the previous five games.
News: Barea (ankle) will not play Wednesday against the Pelicans, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Barea picked up an ankle injury during Sunday's win over the Bulls and will miss at least one game as a result. With Jalen Brunson (shoulder) also sidelined, Luka Doncic and Delon Wright should handle the majority of point guard duties Wednesday.
News: Barea is listed as questionable ahead of Wednesday's matchup with the Pelicans due to an ankle injury.
Impact: Barea presumably picked up the injury in Sunday's victory over the Bulls. With Jalen Brunson (shoulder) out and Seth Curry (back) questionable, the Mavericks could be thin in their backcourt should Barea ultimately be unable to go. More clarity on his status should come closer to game time.
News: Curry (back) is considered questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.
Impact: Curry was unable to play through back pain in Monday's victory over the Bulls, and he is now in danger of missing a second straight game. More clarity on his status should come following Wednesday's shootaround. J.J. Barea (ankle) and Justin Jackson would presumably again be in line for some extra run if he is unable to go.
News: Cauley-Stein (personal) went unused off the bench in Monday's 109-107 loss to the Bulls, despite rejoining the Mavericks in Chicago for the contest.
Impact: Cauley-Stein was back with the team following a nine-day leave of absence due to a death in his family, according to Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News. Given Cauley-Stein lack of recent practice time, it wasn't surprising that he didn't see any run in a close game, but the center won't necessarily be included in coach Rick Carlisle's rotation moving forward. Before leaving the team, Cauley-Stein went unused in the last game he was active for back on Feb. 21.
News: Marjanovic tallied 14 points (7-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt), 12 rebounds, one steal and one block in 22 minutes during Monday's 109-107 loss to the Bulls.
Impact: This game marks the first time since Jan. 14 that Marjanovic has logged 20-plus minutes, and he rewarded the team with his fourth double-double through 33 appearances this season. He recorded a career-best six double-doubles across 58 games in 2018-19, and while Dwight Powell (Achilles) being out for the remainder of the campaign leaves the door of opportunity slightly ajar for Marjanovic, the 31-year-old center's boosted playing time in this one was due to the absence of Kristaps Porzingis (rest).
News: Hardaway had 26 points (10-21 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists, one rebound and one steal in 36 minutes during Monday's 109-107 loss to the Bulls.
Impact: Hardaway has scored at least 23 points five times in his last 13 appearances. Moreover, he's coming off by far his best month of the season, having posted February averages of 19.6 points, 3.5 boards, 3.3 threes, 3.1 dimes and 0.6 steals in 32.8 minutes per night. Through two games in March, it seems possible Hardaway will one-up himself this month.
News: Finney-Smith posted 18 points (7-10 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes during Monday's 109-107 loss to the Bulls.
Impact: Finney-Smith was extremely efficient offensively, and he provided his third-best scoring total of the season. He combined for 27 points (on 16 field-goal attempts), 18 boards, seven dimes, two steals and one block across 63 minutes during this back-to-back set to start the month of March, and Finney-Smith and company will have just one day of rest in advance of Wednesday's matchup versus the Pelicans.
News: Doncic (thumb) delivered 23 points (8-20 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 6-9 FT), nine assists, five rebounds and one steal in 38 minutes during Monday's 109-107 loss to the Bulls.
Impact: Doncic rejoined the lineup following a one-game absence with a thumb injury. While he struggled a little from the field, perhaps in part due to the aforementioned ailment, Doncic came awfully close to sinking a buzzer-beating half-court attempt that would've won his team the game. He'll look to have a better night from a shooting perspective during Wednesday's matchup versus the Pelicans.
News: Kleber totaled 13 points (4-8 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, three blocks, one assist and one steal in 34 minutes during Monday's 109-107 loss to the Bulls.
Impact: Kleber filled in as the starter in place of Kristaps Porzingis (rest) and delivered an impressive performance with his second double-double of the year. Dwight Powell's season-ending Achilles injury has resulted in Kleber earning a couple additional minutes per night over the last month or so, and on nights when Porzingis is rested, Kleber makes for a quality choice in daily leagues.
News: Kleber is starting Monday's game against the Bulls.
Impact: Kleber will step into the starting lineup in place of Kristaps Porzingis, who's being held out Monday due to rest. Kleber's last start came Feb. 22 against Atlanta, when he finished with nine points, eight rebounds, five blocks and two assists in 30 minutes of action.
News: Curry (back) won't play in Monday's contest against Chicago, Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Impact: After he piled up 64 points in the last two games, Curry's fantasy owners will be sad to see him on the sidelines. With Jalen Brunson (shoulder) out as well, J.J. Barea and Justin Jackson could see increased run in Chicago. Curry will presumably be day-to-day moving forward, with his next opportunity to return to the court coming Wednesday against the Pelicans.
News: Doncic (thumb) will play Monday against the Bulls, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: As expected, Doncic has been cleared to return after missing Sunday's win over the Timberwolves with a thumb injury. Over his last five games, Doncic has averaged 27.0 points, 9.4 assists, and 9.0 rebounds in 33.0 minutes.
News: Cauley-Stein (personal) will be available for Monday's game against the Bulls, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Cauley-Stein had been away from the team due to a personal issue, but he was at shootaround and will dress for Monday's contest. However, it's unclear how much he'll be involved, even on a night when the Mavs will rest Kristaps Porzingis.
News: Curry is considered questionable for Monday's tilt with Chicago due to a tight lower back, Mike Peasley of the Dallas Mavericks Radio Network reports.
Impact: Curry emerged from Sunday's win over the Timberwolves with a tight lower back, though the severity of the issue has yet to be revealed. The 29-year-old guard's been on a scoring binge of late, totaling 64 points over his past two outings. If he's unable to go, J.J. Barea and Delon Wright would be in contention to get a start.
News: Porzingis has been ruled out of Monday's game against Chicago for rest purposes, Mike Peasley of the Dallas Mavericks Radio Network reports.
Impact: As usual, Porzingis will be held out for the second night of a back-to-back. Barring any unforeseen issues, the star center should return in full for Wednesday's tilt with the Pelicans.
News: Cauley-Stein (personal) is considered probable for Monday's tilt with Chicago, Dwain Price of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: Cauley-Stein, who rejoined the team earlier in the day after a six-game absence due to a personal issue, will likely return to the court accordingly. While another update ahead of tipoff should clarify his status, if Cauley-Stein does get back out there, he'll presumably play in his usual backup capacity.
News: Doncic (thumb) is listed as probable for Monday's game against Chicago, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Doncic appears to be trending in the right direction in his recovery from a thumb injury that sidelined him Sunday against Minnesota. Look for an official update from the team to come out prior to tipoff finalizing his status.
News: Finney-Smith finished with nine points (4-6 FG, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in 31 minutes during Sunday's 111-91 win over the Timberwolves.
Impact: Finney-Smith collected no shortage of counting stats, stepping up with Luka Doncic (thumb) sidelined to provide a well-rounded line. Finney-Smith clearly isn't a consistent source of scoring, but he and the rest of this teammates tend to have more opportunities to make plays for themselves and others when Doncic is out. As such, if Doncic doesn't play during Monday's matchup versus the Bulls, Finney-Smith might make for a decent option in daily formats.
News: Wright recorded four points (2-9 FG, 0-3 3Pt), eight rebounds, six assists and three steals in 32 minutes during Sunday's 111-91 win over the Timberwolves.
Impact: Wright filled in as the starting point guard with Luka Doncic (thumb) sidelined, and while he struggled from the field, he turned in a very well-rounded stat line overall. It's unclear whether Doncic will remain sidelined for Monday's matchup versus the Bulls, but if so Wright would once again make for a sneaky cheap choice in daily leagues.
News: Lee totaled four points (2-4 FG), four rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes during Sunday's 111-91 win over the Timberwolves.
Impact: Lee has logged double-digit minutes in seven of his last eight appearances, but he has only reached double figures in scoring twice through 18 games here in 2019-20. He has been more involved of late but isn't likely to offer much for fantasy purposes beyond the very deepest leagues.
News: Curry contributed 27 points (11-17 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-4 FT), four assists, one rebound and one steal in 30 minutes during Sunday's 111-91 win over the Timberwolves.
Impact: Curry was coming off an exceptional month of play, having averaged 18.5 points (55.5 FG, 59.1 3Pt, 82.4 FT), 4.0 rebounds, 3.9 threes, 2.8 dimes, 0.9 steals and 0.1 blocks in 30.8 minutes during February, and he turned in another stellar showing to start March. Luka Doncic (thumb) was held out of this one, and while he may be able to return for Monday's matchup versus the Bulls, Curry has established himself as a worthy option in most fantasy formats.
News: Porzingis pitched in 38 points (13-25 FG, 6-14 3Pt, 6-10 FT), 13 rebounds, five blocks, four assists and one steal in 37 minutes during Sunday's 111-91 win over the Timberwolves.
Impact: Porzingis matched his season high in scoring and career high in threes while delivering an incredibly well-rounded stat line. Since Dwight Powell (Achilles) was lost for the season Porzingis has been spending more time at center, which has opened up the lane for him offensively and forced him to step up defensively as well.
News: Wright will start at point guard Sunday against the Timberwolves.
Impact: He'll move up to the top unit for the fifth time this season, replacing Luka Doncic (thumb) as the Mavericks begin the front end of a back-to-back set. Doncic could be available Monday in Chicago, but Wright should at least make for an appealing, low-cost option in DFS contests for one day while he likely take on a greater share of minutes. Over his previous four starts this season, Wright is averaging 5.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 three-pointer in 25.5 minutes.
News: Updating a previous report, Barea won't start Sunday's game against the Timberwolves and will instead come off the bench.
Impact: The lineup the Mavericks initially released featured Barea starting at point guard for the injured Luka Doncic (thumb), but Delon Wright will end up moving up to the top unit in place of the All-Star. With Doncic and Jalen Brunson (shoulder) both sidelined, Barea should at least benefit from a boost in minutes while he sticks in a bench role.
News: Barea will start at point guard Sunday against the Timberwolves, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: The 35-year-old will get the chance to make fifth start of the season while Luka Doncic (thumb) sits out the front end of the back-to-back set. Though Barea should benefit from a boost in playing time with the move to the top unit, don't expect him to approach the nearly 33 minutes per game Doncic is averaging for the season. Instead, coach Rick Carlisle will likely use a combination of Barea and reserve Delon Wright to absorb the All-Star's playing time.
News: Coach Rick Carlisle said Cauley-Stein (personal) is scheduled to rejoin the Mavericks in Chicago in advance of Monday's game against the Bulls, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Cauley-Stein won't be available for a sixth straight game Sunday against the Timberwolves, the last five of those being the result of the personal matter. The first of the absences came in the Mavs' first game out of the All-Star break Feb. 21 in Orlando, when he simply went unused off the bench in a coach's decision. Though Cauley-Stein will likely dress Monday, he may not be included in Carlisle's rotation, especially after he hasn't even practiced with the team over the past week.
News: Doncic (thumb) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Timberwolves.
Impact: Deemed questionable heading into the day, Doncic will be sidelined for his 13th game of the season after spraining his left thumb in Friday's loss to the Heat. Though Doncic wasn't forced to exit early because of the injury, coach Rick Carlisle said the thumb issue was "awkward" for the superstar guard, so the Mavs will err on the side of caution and give the 21-year-old the day off, per Mark Followill of Fox Sports Southwest. Doncic could be ready to play in the second half of the back-to-back set Monday in Chicago.
News: Doncic is listed as questionable for Sunday's tilt against the Timberwolves due to an injured thumb, Mavericks radio play-by-play broadcaster Chuck Cooperstein reports.
Impact: Doncic had his left thumb wrapped up in Friday's 126-118 loss to the Heat and was noticeably bothered by it at times. It would not be surprising if the Mavericks opt to err on the side of caution in this situation. He should be viewed as a game-time decision at this point. Delon Wright and J.J. Barea would be the primary ball handlers available if the All-Star guard is ultimately unavailable.
News: Hardaway recorded 15 points (5-11 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes during Friday's 126-118 loss to the Heat.
Impact: Hardaway scored the Mavs' first eight points before failing to make a significant impact the rest of the way. On the plus side, the 27-year-old bounced back from Wednesday's miserable shooting night at San Antonio (35.7 percent from the field) and shot 47.7 percent from three in his last eight games.
News: Curry posted 37 points (13-15 FG, 8-9 3Pt, 3-4 FT), two assists and two rebounds across 36 minutes in Friday's 126-118 loss to the Heat.
Impact: With stars Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis struggling early, Curry established control before given the keys to shooting at will in the second half. The sharpshooter finished the latter half with 27 points, more than any other player's point total for the entire game. Curry has flourished upon returning to the starting lineup, using his last five starts to average 18.2 points while shooting 55 percent from the field and 54.3 percent from three.