Dallas Mavericks Player News: All Positions

News: Hardaway (lower leg) will undergo surgery next week, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Hardaway's season ended prematurely due to a stress reaction in his left tibia, and he's opting to undergo surgery in hopes of being ready by training camp next season. This year, he averaged a career-high 18.1 points, though did so while shooting under 40 percent from the field.
News: Lee logged 14 points (6-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt), three rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 20 minutes during Wednesday's 105-94 loss to the Spurs.
Impact: Lee returned to the lineup following a one-game absence due to a hip injury. While he didn't start, Lee enjoyed one of his better performances here in the season finale. The 33-year-old wing had a down year and actually averaged fewer minutes per game in Dallas than he did in New York this season. Nevertheless, he's under contract for 2019-20, so perhaps the Mavericks will end up incorporating the veteran into the regular rotation more next fall.
News: Brunson managed 11 points (5-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 0-2 FT), 10 assists, and three rebounds in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 105-94 loss to the Spurs.
Impact: Brunson contributed his third double-double in the season finale, and amassed two in the last three games of 2018-19. Overall the rookie was pretty impressive this year, and there's a good chance he'll begin next season as the primary backup point guard, a role that can be fairly appealing for fantasy purposes given coach Rick Carlisle's penchant for regularly running multi-guard lineups.
News: Nowitzki recorded 20 points (8-21 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 105-94 loss to the Spurs.
Impact: Nowitzki supplied his only double-double of the season in this his final NBA game. While he posted career lows in most statistical categories here in 2018-19, Nowitzki did deliver two throwback performances to finish off his Hall-of-Fame career.
News: Brunson will start Wednesday's game against the Spurs, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: Brunson will start in place of Luka Doncic, who's suffering from a thigh injury. In 37 starts this year, Brunson's contributing 13.0 points, 4.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 28.9 minutes per game.
News: Doncic (thigh) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game against the Spurs, Tim Cato of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Doncic's rookie campaign is officially over, as the rookie has been ruled out of the finale with a bruised left thigh. Trey Burke and Jalen Brunson should see a larger role in his absence.
News: Doncic is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Spurs due to a left thigh contusion.
Impact: With less than three hours before tipoff, Doncic has been added to the injury report for the final game of the season. Chances are, he'll test things out before the game before determining his final availability.
News: Lee (hip) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.
Impact: Lee didn't play Tuesday, but it's possible he'll take the court for the season finale. If not, he'll end the year averaging career lows nearly across the board.
News: Antetokounmpo (knee) is questionable for Wednesday's matchup against the Spurs.
Impact: Antetokounmpo hasn't played since March 26, so his absence wouldn't significantly affect the team. If we've already seen the last of Antetokounmpo for the season, he'll finish with two total points, two steals and one rebound in 11 minutes.
News: Kleber is out for Wednesday's game against the Spurs due to left knee soreness, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Kleber will miss the Mavs' final game of the season. He'll finish the year having played at least 70 games for a second straight year, and he upped his averages nearly across the board. In 21.2 minutes, Kleber averaged 6.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, 1.1 threes and 1.0 assist per contest.
News: Nowitzki turned in 30 points (11-31 FG, 5-14 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, and one block in 33 minutes during Tuesday's 120-109 win over the Suns.
Impact: Confirming what was widely expected, Nowitzki announced at the conclusion of the contest that he would retire from the NBA after the season. He went out in style in the final home game of his Hall-of-Fame career, establishing new season highs in points, shot attempts and minutes. The Mavericks have one game left on the schedule Wednesday in San Antonio, and it's expected that Nowitzki will play and start again. Don't expect him to play quite as many minutes in the second leg of a back-to-back set, however.
News: Doncic dialed up 21 points (6-14 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 16 rebounds, 11 assists, and three steals in 32 minutes during Tuesday's 120-109 win over the Suns.
Impact: Doncic returned to the lineup following a two-game absence with a thigh injury and delivered his eighth triple-double, including a career high in rebounding. Assuming he's good to go for Wednesday's season finale versus the Spurs, Doncic can likely be expected to try to put the exclamation mark on his sterling rookie year.
News: Powell accumulated 11 points (3-5 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 5-7 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks in 27 minutes during Tuesday's 120-109 win over the Suns.
Impact: Powell amassed his career-high sixth double-double through 76 appearances this season, this after logging five in 2017-18. The 27-year-old big man is contributing career-high averages in points, assists, blocks, made threes, and minutes per game while maintaining solid shooting percentages from the field and the charity stripe, and he'll look to finish 2018-19 with another quality effort during Wednesday's season finale versus the Spurs.
News: Finney-Smith had 15 points (7-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt), 10 rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 20 minutes during Tuesday's 120-109 win over the Suns.
Impact: Finney-Smith produced his second straight double-double and third of the season, this after logging just one across his first two years (102 games) in the league. He'll look to finish the campaign on a high note during Wednesday's season finale versus the Spurs.
News: Harris provided 14 points (4-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five assists, three rebounds, and one block in 22 minutes during Tuesday's 120-109 win over the Suns.
Impact: Harris drew the start in this one and earned at least 20 minutes for the third straight game. He has reached double figures in two of the last five tilts. However, Harris is at best a dart throw in daily leagues heading into Wednesday's season finale versus the Spurs.
News: Lee (hip) did not appear in Tuesday's 120-109 win over the Suns.
Impact: Lee was not formally ruled out but didn't see the court in this one. It's possible he returns for Wednesday's season finale versus the Spurs, but there's very little reason to expect that will happen.
News: Lee (hip) is not in the starting five Tuesday against the Suns, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Devin Harris will draw the start during the Mavs' final home game of the year. Lee hasn't been formally ruled out.
News: Harris will start at shooting guard Tuesday against the Suns, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: Harris will draw his first start of the season in what will be the Mavs' final home game of the year. Since March, he's averaging 5.8 points, 2.6 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 16.2 minutes.
News: Doncic (thigh) will play and start Tuesday against the Suns, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: As expected, Doncic will play after missing the past two games. Since March, he's averaging 22.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 1.2 steals in 32.6 minutes.
News: Nowitzki (rest) is no longer listed on the injury report for Tuesday's game against Phoenix.
Impact: Nowitzki was held out of Sunday's matchup against Memphis, although he didn't sustain any type of injury. He figures to draw the start in what figures to be the last game in Dallas in his career.
News: Kleber (knee) is expected to play Tuesday against Phoenix.
Impact: Kleber was held out of Sunday's matchup due to a bruised knee, but he should be ready to roll Tuesday. He drew the start in his last game Friday against Memphis, but Dirk Nowitzki should get the nod in what figures to be his last contest in Dallas.
News: Lee is considered a game-time call for Tuesday's game against Phoenix due to a left hip contusion.
Impact: Lee was held scoreless over 17 minutes in his previous matchup, but it's unclear if the injury had anything to do with his poor performance. The Mavs should clear up his status closer to tipoff.
News: Doncic (thigh) is expected to play Tuesday against Phoenix, MavStats reports.
Impact: Doncic has missed four of the previous five contests with a right thigh bruise. Even though he's listed as probable, he'll be worth keeping an eye on leading up to tipoff, as some teams have continued to list their players as probable only to hold them out of the contest.
News: Burke contributed 24 points (8-16 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 6-6 FT), five assists, two rebounds, and one steal in 29 minutes during Sunday's 129-127 overtime win against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Burke has reached double figures in scoring in five straight games while scoring at least 24 points twice during that same span. If Luka Doncic (thigh), who has been sidelined for the last two matchups, misses Tuesday's contest versus the lowly Suns, Burke will likely enjoy a high usage rate offensively once again.
News: Mejri produced 19 points (7-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), nine rebounds, four blocks, and three assists in 32 minutes during Sunday's 129-127 overtime win against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Mejri finished with a career high scoring total while matching his career high in made threes and swatting a season high four rejections, this two nights after amassing a career high in assists. He has reached double figures in all four appearances here in April, and Tuesday's contest versus the Suns will likely be a tempting matchup for those considering Mejri in daily formats.
News: Finney-Smith supplied 16 points (6-19 FG, 1-9 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 12 rebounds, and three assists in 40 minutes during Sunday's 129-127 overtime win against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Finney-Smith earned a team-high minute total and wasn't shy about firing away from beyond the arc. Furthermore, he hauled in a career high rebounding total while recording his second double-double of the season. Finney-Smith hadn't posted a double-digit point total in any of the last nine games, so it may not be wise for fantasy owners to expect a repeat performance with just two tilts remaining. Still, he's at least worthy of consideration in daily leagues for Tuesday's matchup versus the lowly Suns.
News: Powell pitched in 15 points (7-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 21 minutes during Sunday's 129-127 overtime win against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Powell rejoined the rotation following a one-game absence for rest and provided an efficient offensive performance. With that being said, five of the six reserves who saw the floor for the Mavericks earned more minutes than Powell. After averaging 14.3 points (60.3 FG, 42.9 3Pt, 80.0 FT), 7.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.8 blocks, and 0.7 steals in 31.5 minutes per game across 15 matchups during March, Powell will look to finish the season on a high note, and he has now reached double figures in scoring in six straight contests (dating back to March 26). Moreover, Tuesday's tilt versus an awful Suns defense represents another chance for Powell to fill up the stat sheet assuming he earns a solid share of playing time.
News: Brunson collected 12 points (4-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 10 assists, two rebounds, and one steal in 24 minutes during Sunday's 129-127 overtime win against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Brunson returned to the lineup following a one-game absence for rest purposes and delivered his second career double-double while amassing a career high assist total. Luka Doncic (thigh) missed his second straight matchup, and if the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year also misses Tuesday's tilt versus the Suns, Brunson would likely be in line for an uptick in usage once again.
News: Nowitzki won't return to Sunday's game against Memphis for rest purposes, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: Dorian Finney-Smith started the second half in place of Nowitzki, and the broadcast revealed shortly after that he won't play at all in the second half. The Mavs appear to be resting Nowitzki for likely the final home game of his spectacular career.
News: Antetokounmpo has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Grizzlies with a sore left knee, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: He'll be one of six Dallas players sitting out due to injury, leaving the team with a thin bench. Even when healthy this season, Antetokounmpo hasn't been included in coach Rick Carlisle's rotation, logging just two appearances at the NBA level.
News: Kleber is out for Sunday's game against the Grizzlies due to a bruised right knee.
Impact: Kleber picked up the injury during Friday's loss to the Grizzlies. While he's out, Dirk Nowitzki and Dorian Finney-Smith are candidates to see more run.
News: Brunson (rest) is off the injury report for Sunday's game against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Brunson got Friday's loss to Memphis off for rest, but there's a strong chance he'll be back in the starting lineup Sunday. He's scored in just single-digits just twice since March.
News: Powell (rest) is off the injury report for Sunday's matchup against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Powell will presumably return to the starting five Sunday after getting Friday's loss to the Grizzlies off for rest. He's scored in double-figures across each of his past five appearances.
News: Doncic (thigh) won't play Sunday against the Grizzlies.
Impact: A right thigh bruise will prevent the rookie from playing in a second straight game. Jalen Brunson is likely to draw the start Sunday.
News: Burke finished with 13 points (4-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 5-6 FT) and three assists over 30 minutes in the Mavericks' loss to the Grizzlies on Friday.
Impact: Burke drew the start on Friday and turned his 30 minutes into a very modest performance. Still, he's been fairly productive in his last four games with averages of 16.5 points, 5.0 assists and 2.5 boards in 25.8 minutes. In that time, he's hoisted 12 shots per contest. With Dallas in full tank mode, expect Burke to continue to see a solid chunk of minutes and heavy involvement in the offense for the final three games of the season.
News: Jackson totaled 19 points (7-15 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, three assists and a steal over 32 minutes in the Mavericks' loss to the Grizzlies on Friday.
Impact: Jackson had a solid scoring effort on Friday, adding respectable numbers across the stat sheet. Since entering the starting lineup, he's averaged 12.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 26.4 minutes.
News: Lee totaled 21 points (9-15 FG, 3-6 3Pt), seven assists, four rebounds and three steal over 30 minutes in the Mavericks' loss to the Grizzlies on Friday.
Impact: Lee's 21 points on Friday were a season high. After falling out of Dallas' rotation, he drew the start on Friday, and he may see increased playing time over the final three games as the Mavericks try to rack up more losses in preparation for the draft lottery.
News: Nowitzki totaled 12 points (5-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt), seven rebounds and an assist over 25 minutes in the Mavericks' loss to the Grizzlies on Friday.
Impact: Nowitzki drew another start on Friday, his 12th over the last 13 games. The Mavericks are giving a nice sendoff to the franchise's all-time leader in multiple statistical categories as the big man continues to play 20 or more minutes a night. Nowitzki has been highly ineffective in his limited role this season, but the Mavericks are incentivized to lose as much as possible with a top-five protected lottery pick on the line in the upcoming NBA draft.
News: Finney-Smith (lips) will play Friday against the Grizzlies.
Impact: As expected, Finney-Smith will be available off the bench for Friday's clash. He's averaging 4.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists over his previous eight matchups.
News: Lee is starting Friday against Memphis, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: Lee failed to score in 16 minutes off the bench Wednesday against Minnesota, but he'll get another opportunity to start Friday evening. He's joined the first unit for three of his team's previous four contests.
News: Burke is starting at point guard Friday night against the Grizzlies, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: With Luka Doncic (thigh) on the shelf, Burke will draw his first start since Jan. 30, when he poured in 16 points as a Knick. He should see plenty of opportunities to show his skillset at this point in the season.
News: Kleber is in the starting lineup for Friday's game against Memphis, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: Kleber will join the first unit after coming off the bench in each of his team's previous six contests. He's averaging 8.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist over that stretch.
News: Powell (rest) is out Friday against the Grizzlies.
Impact: After posting double-digit points in five straight games, Powell will be given the night off for rest. In his stead, Salah Mejri, Maxi Kleber and Dirk Nowitzki are all candidates to see extra run.
News: Brunson (rest) is out Friday against the Grizzlies.
Impact: With Luka Doncic (thigh) out as well, the Mavericks will be thin in the backcourt. Trey Burke should see heavy minutes as a result.
News: Doncic (thigh) is out Friday against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Doncic apparently didn't feel great after morning shootaround, so the Mavs will opt to keep him on the bench. With Jalen Brunson (rest) also out, Trey Burke should see heavy minutes.
News: Powell may be held out for loan management purposes Friday against the Grizzlies.
Impact: The Mavs appear to be leaning toward resting a few regulars, while Luka Doncic's status is also in jeopardy. Look for a more definitive update from coach Rick Carlisle at shootaround in the morning, but it wouldn't be a surprise if Powell is held out Friday.
News: Finney-Smith (lips) is expected to play Friday against Memphis, Dwain Price of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: Coach Rick Carlisle is optimistic about Finney-Smith's chances of playing Friday night, even though the Florida product isn't perfectly healthy. "I think there's a good chance you'll see him tomorrow," stated Carlisle. "It's not 100 percent, but I think it's better than 50-50." Finney-Smith suffered the injury during Monday's clash with Philadelphia and required stitches after taking a blow to the mouth.
News: Finney-Smith (mouth) is considered questionable for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Finney-Smith took a shot to the mouth in Monday's game against Philadelphia, and he missed Wednesday's loss to Minnesota after receiving stitches in his lip. He's apparently still dealing with some discomfort, so the Mavs will keep an eye on him as game-time approaches.
News: Doncic (thigh) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Doncic has been nursing a bruised thigh, and while he was able to play 32 minutes in Wednesday's narrow loss to Minnesota, the Mavs may opt to hold him out Friday for what would likely be precautionary purposes. Jalen Brunson (rest) is also questionable on the injury report.
News: Brunson may be held out of Friday's game against Memphis for load management purposes.
Impact: It sounds like the Mavs haven't made up their mind, but Brunson is on the injury report with a questionable designation, so a more definitive update will likely come after shootaround Friday morning. Luka Doncic (thigh) is also questionable.
News: Kleber managed just two points to go with six rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in 26 minutes during Wednesday's 110-108 loss to the Pelicans.
Impact: Kleber managed two blocks in Wednesday's loss but offered basically nothing else in what was a disappointing night. At the time of the DeAndre Jordan trade, both Kleber and Dwight Powell were seen as potential breakout candidates but it has been Powell that has emerged as the pickup across all formats. Kleber can provide an interesting combination of blocks and threes but has been far too inconsistent to warrant a permanent roster spot.
News: Jackson ended with just nine points (4-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 0-2 FT), five assists, and three rebounds in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 110-108 loss to New Orleans.
Impact: Jackson regressed back what is expected Wednesday, finishing with just nine points on 4-of-11 shooting. Jackson typically provides points and only on those nights he is shooting the ball well from the field. The playing time appears as though it is going to stick for the remainder of the season but there is likely a more serviceable option on most waiver wires.
News: Powell amassed 25 points (8-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 9-10 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block in 31 minutes during Wednesday's 110-108 loss to Minnesota.
Impact: Powell was magnificent for the Mavericks on Wednesday, ending the game with production across the board. That makes two strong performances for Powell after a lackluster showing Sunday, an effort that likely impacted a number of fantasy leagues. Powell has flashed his upside over the past month and while this season is surely going to put him on the radar in next season's drafts, his exact role moving forward is far from clear.
News: Doncic totaled 27 points (11-21 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 12 rebounds, six assists, and one block in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 110-108 loss to the Timberwolves.
Impact: Doncic was back after missing two games with a thigh injury, ending the loss with 27 points and 12 rebounds in 32 minutes. The counting stats were there as always for Doncic but perhaps the biggest positive was that he was able to hit all of his free throws while also having an efficient night from the field. The percentages have been an ongoing issue for the rookie but this was a much better performance. Much like the Timberwolves, the Mavericks are simply playing for lottery balls and Doncic is certainly at risk of missing another game before the season comes to an end.
News: Finney-Smith is out Wednesday against the Timberwolves due to needing stitches in his lip, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: Finney-Smith took a hit to the lip Monday against the 76ers, which required eight stitches. In his place Wednesday, Justin Jackson, Courtney Lee and Ryan Broekhoff could see extra run.
News: Doncic (thigh) will play Wednesday against the Timberwolves, Dwain Price of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: Doncic has missed the past two games with a bruised right thigh, and he'll presumably step back into the starting five Wednesday. In March, the rookie averaged 21.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.3 steals in 32.2 minutes.
News: Doncic (thigh) will be a game-time call Wednesday against the Timberwolves.
Impact: Doncic has been held out of his team's previous two matchups due to a right thigh bruise, and the Mavs will continue to proceed with caution with their rookie point guard. Dallas has just five games remaining on the schedule this season, so it's unlikely to take a risk with their young star if there are any questions surrounding Doncic's health. Expect an update on his status closer to tipoff.
News: Burke tallied 16 points (6-14 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT), six rebounds, and five assists in 29 minutes during Monday's 122-102 victory over Philadelphia.
Impact: Burke produced another strong scoring effort Monday, making it two consecutive games with at least 16 points. His playing time is up over that short period and it could be the Mavericks are going to run him out there with more regularity down the stretch. Burke has the ability to score the ball in bunches and could be worth a speculative flyer if you need a short burst of points.
News: Jackson totaled 24 points (7-11 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 7-8 FT), six rebounds, and three assists in 30 minutes during Monday's 122-102 victory over the 76ers.
Impact: Jackson had another of his random strong shooting nights Monday, scoring a team-high 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting. While these nights tend to come every so often, he has in fact shot at least 50 percent in eight of his past nine games. He does literally nothing else and should be viewed as a points streamer only.
News: Mejri finished with 16 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-7 FT), 14 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in 24 minutes during Monday's 122-102 victory over the 76ers.
Impact: Mejri came out of nowhere to deliver easily his best game of the season Monday. He finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds, both season-high marks by some margin. He also blocked two shots while connecting on a pair of triples. He took full advantage of an understrength 76ers team and certainly rewarded any owner that had the nouse to stream him in for the day. This kind of performance is very unlikely to happen again anytime soon but it is the silly season and basically, anything goes right now.
News: Doncic (thigh) will not play Monday against the Sixers, Bobby Karalla of Mavs.com reports.
Impact: Doncic is still dealing with some swelling in his right knee, and the Mavs will hold him out for the second consecutive game. The injury isn't considered serious, though coach Rick Carlisle commented that there's a chance the likely Rookie of the Year could be held out for the remainder of the schedule if he doesn't progress as hoped. "If [playing Doncic] is not the right thing, we won't do it," Carlisle said.
News: Doncic (thigh) is considered doubtful for Monday's game against the 76ers, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.
Impact: The likely Rookie of the Year missed Sunday's win over OKC with a bruised right thigh, and the Mavs are likely to keep him out Monday on the second night of a back-to-back. If that is, indeed, the case, Courtney Lee could be in line for another start in the backcourt alongside Jalen Brunson.
News: Porzingis is being investigated in New York for an alleged rape that a woman told police took place last year, ESPN reports. Porzingis has yet to play since tearing the ACL in his left knee in February, 2018.
Impact: Porzingis denied the allegation through a statement from his lawyer. The NBA has been alerted about the investigation and the Mavericks said they could not comment due to instructions from authorities, the report adds.
News: Doncic (thigh) won't play in Sunday's game against the Thunder, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Coach Rick Carlisle stated that the Mavericks will be handle Doncic's return cautiously, indicating that there's a chance he'll miss additional time beyond Sunday. While the injury doesn't appear to be too serious, given the fact that the Mavericks are safely outside the playoff picture, there likely won't be much of an incentive to rush they're young star back before he's 100 percent recovered. In his absence, look for a Trey Burke to receive a bump in minutes.
News: Doncic is questionable for Sunday's game against the Thunder due to a bruised right thigh.
Impact: Doncic presumably picked up the injury Thursday against the Heat. He'll presumably go through morning shootaround to test things out. If Doncic sits, Trey Burke should see extra run.
News: Nowitzki (ankle) came back onto the court to finish out pregame warmups ahead of Thursday's contest against the Heat, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: Nowitzki's trip to the locker room was a short one, and he was spotted in layup lines just before tipoff. He appears to be good to go for Thursday's clash.
News: Nowitzki appeared to tweak his ankle during pregame warmups and went back to the locker room for further evaluation, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports. His status for Thursday's game against Miami is unknown at this time.
Impact: Nowitzki has started seven of the last eight games for the Mavericks, but Maxi Kleber could be slated to crack the starting lineup following this latest development. Another update on Nowitzki's status should come shortly before tipoff.
News: Hardaway is expected to have a rod put in his leg to speed up the healing process, and the expectation is that he'll be ready for training camp regardless of whether or not he opts for surgery, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Ultimately, Hardaway being back for training camp is good news, despite the apparent severity of the injury. He'll be entering the third year of a four-year, $71 million deal he signed with the Knicks in July of 2017.
News: Powell had 21 points (6-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 9-11 FT), 13 rebounds, four blocks, and three assists in 32 minutes during Tuesday's 125-121 loss to Sacramento.
Impact: Powell had his first double-double in almost two weeks, ending Tuesday's loss with 21 points and 13 rebounds. He added four blocked shots and went an impressive 9-of-11 from the line in what was a nice all-around performance. He has been a solid standard league play since the All-Star break but had been a little inconsistent over the past week. He is still a serviceable option in all 12-team formats if you need points and rebounds with a smattering of blocks.
News: Broekhoff totaled 11 points (3-5 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), and one rebound in 29 minutes during Tuesday's 125-121 loss to the Kings.
Impact: Broekhoff played a career-high 29 minutes Tuesday, the fifth game in succession in which his playing time has increased. Over his last three games, Broekhoff has hit a combined nine triples and he is emerging as a potential streaming option, even in 12-team formats. He literally does nothing else but the Mavericks appear as though they are going to give him a look down the stretch and he should be considered if you need perimeter scoring.
News: Doncic finished with 28 points (9-20 FG, 0-9 3Pt, 10-11 FT), 12 rebounds, and 12 assists in 36 minutes during Tuesday's 125-121 loss to Sacramento.
Impact: Doncic had been questionable heading into Tuesday but was able to take his place in the starting lineup, ending with his second consecutive triple-double. He continues to struggle with a knee injury but seems intent on playing through it. The numbers are sexy but perhaps the biggest takeaway is the fact he shot 10-of-11 from the free-throw line. His inefficiency from the stripe has been a real negative when looking at his overall fantasy value. If he manages to get back to where he had been in Europe, he will undoubtedly increase his appeal across drafts for next season.
News: Doncic has been cleared to play Tuesday against Sacramento, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: A sore left knee landed Doncic on the injury report, but he'll again play through the issue, which has only cost him one game the last month. Doncic is coming off of a 23-point, 11-rebound, 10-assist triple-double in Saturday's win over Golden State.
News: Mejri is not listed on the Mavs' injury report ahead of Tuesday's game against the Kings.
Impact: Mejri missed Saturday's win over the Warriors with an illness, but it appears it's no longer an issue as the Mavs move into a three-game week.
News: Doncic (knee) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's matchup with the Kings.
Impact: Doncic has dealt with some minor knee issues in recent weeks, but this latest designation is a sore left knee, whereas he previously missed a game on Mar. 16 with a bruised right knee. Either way, it doesn't look to be anything overly concerning, but the lottery-bound Mavs won't take any chances with their franchise cornerstone. Look for a more definitive update at shootaround in the morning. Doncic is coming off of a 23-point, 11-rebound, 10-assist triple-double in Saturday's blowout win over the Warriors.
News: Porzingis (knee) has officially been ruled out for the rest of the season, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: While Porzingis was never expected to play this season while he recovers from a torn ACL, speculation opened up when he returned to participating in five-on-five drills without any restrictions just over a week ago. However, the Mavericks have no reason to rush the big man back into game action, and Porzingis should be a full go for the start of the 2019-20 season.
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.