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Devin Harris (toe) said the tape job on his left big toe was a problem with his second toe.

He had surgery on that toe back in the summer of 2013, so the Mavs will have to figure out a new way to wrap Harris' toe in Game 2. This doesn't sound quite as bad as a normal aggravation, but Harris will likely be limited in some capacity for the rest of the series. J.J. Barea will play a bit more.
Apr 19 - 3:16 AM

James Harden handled his business against the Mavs on Saturday during a 118-108 win, scoring 24 points with two rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

It's the first double-double of his playoff career and Harden just killed the Mavs at the line, making 15-of-17 from the charity stripe. The Mavs also having injuries to two wings, Devin Harris and Chandler Parsons, is really going to hurt because of how Harden draws so many fouls. This was far from Harden's best game, so the Rockets have to be pleased they won by double-digits tonight. They host the Mavs again on Tuesday for Game 2.
Apr 19 - 12:39 AM

Dwight Howard played just 17 minutes due to foul trouble against the Mavs on Saturday with 11 points, five boards, one steal and five blocks.

If not for the foul trouble, he would have played more. The Rockets didn't really go to Howard in the post much, but Howard looked healthy with respect to his knee. He should be closer to 30 minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday.
Apr 19 - 12:37 AM

Terrence Jones made 6-of-15 from the field and 7-of-11 from the line for 19 points against the Mavs on Saturday with nine rebounds, six assists and one steal.

The shot total is almost shocking and this was the first time in Jones' career he's had more than 10 shots from the field and from the line. Jones saw a little more playing time than expected because of Dwight Howard getting into foul trouble, but he's still a good bet to play over 30 minutes per game in this series. Jones' season flew a little under the radar due to injuries, so he'll be a difference maker if he can stay on the court.
Apr 19 - 12:35 AM

Trevor Ariza was a wonderful two-way player against the Mavs on Saturday with 12 points, 10 boards, six assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

The points don't tell the story. Ariza was a terror on defense and getting a double-double with six dimes went a long way. On the injury side of things, Ariza did have some cramping in both of his calves and he did receive some treatment. There's been no indication that he'll need to miss time going forward and this hasn't been a habitual problem for him. We're expecting him to be ready for Tuesday.
Apr 19 - 12:33 AM

Corey Brewer turned it on down the stretch against the Mavs on Saturday with 15 points, one assist and three 3-poiners in 24 minutes.

He killed the Mavs in the fourth quarter with all three 3-pointers coming in that frame. Brewer's versatility at both wing spots should help him get playing time in the 20s. Trevor Ariza did have some cramping issues, but there's no need to worry about him.
Apr 19 - 12:31 AM

Jason Terry scored 16 points on 6-of-10 from the field against the Mavs on Saturday with four boards, one assist, two steals and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

The JET had a little redemption against his former team and you could see it in his eye that this game meant a little more to him. He's going to do almost all his work off the ball and had seven attempts from deep. He'll have a similar role going forward.
Apr 19 - 12:29 AM

Clint Capela played a surprising 16 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday with eight points, six boards, two blocks and one turnover.

He saw playing time in the first quarter and the minutes have nothing to do with garbage time whatsoever. Capela has leapfrogged Joey Dorsey for the backup center minutes. Capela is an awful foul shooter, so the Rockets will be hoping teams don't go with a Hack-A-Capela tune.
Apr 19 - 12:28 AM

Dirk Nowitzki made 10-of-14 from the field for 24 points during a 118-108 loss to the Rockets on Saturday, adding eight boards, two assists, six turnovers and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

The turnovers were a bit much, but Nowitzki was money with his jumper. The Mavs did give Dirk a little breather in the fourth quarter, but his playing time in this game is a good sign. Expect him to be a big part of the offense to help space the Rockets' defense.
Apr 19 - 12:27 AM

Tyson Chandler double-doubled against the Rockets on Saturday with 11 points, 18 boards, two steals and one block in 31 minutes.

The Mavs went small with four wings next to Chandler and they would have been torched on both ends without him. Chandler had himself a fantastic April, averaging 13.1 points, 12.7 boards, 1.0 blocks and 0.3 steals on 75.6 percent from the field. It's fair to expect a double-double in each game during this series.
Apr 19 - 12:26 AM

Monta Ellis scored 16 points against the Rockets on Saturday with four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on 5-of-16 from the field.

This was not Monta's best game outside of a brilliant buzzer beater to end the third quarter. Ellis was able to attack the basket, but he just couldn't finish over the Rockets' size. Expect him to have a better game in Game 2 on Tuesday.
Apr 19 - 12:25 AM

Chandler Parsons battled a knee injury against the Rockets on Saturday, finishing with 10 points, six boards, two assists and one turnover in 37 minutes.

The Houston crowd must have remembered Parsons' famous picture with Mark Cuban over the summer when he signed a contract because they booed him throughout the game. Additionally, Parsons missed about 10 minutes in real time due to an aggravation to his knee injury, but he looked fine once he came back. The Mavs went in with a plan to monitor Parsons' minutes, but he likely would have been around 40 had he not missed time. The good news for Parsons is that he's off until Tuesday for Game 2.
Apr 19 - 12:23 AM

Rajon Rondo scored 15 points against the Rockets on Saturday with five assists, no rebounds, one 3-pointer and one turnover in 27 minutes.

He turned in a very nice second quarter, but Rondo was a little bashful with his shot in the paint. His defense was also a problem for much of this game. If Devin Harris' toe injury is going to cost him some games, there should be more minutes for Rondo. Even with the extra playing time, Rondo is really going to have to step it up and he'll also need to be better on the glass.
Apr 19 - 12:21 AM

Devin Harris aggravated his toe injury on Saturday and is doubtful to return.

He was listed as questionable to go into this game and he suffered the aggravation in the second half. Harris seemed to be bothered by the injury throughout the game and he could miss some time. If that's the case, J.J. Barea would be looking at more playing time. Harris left the game with two points, two boards and one assist in 10 minutes.
Apr 18 - 11:27 PM

Chandler Parsons went to the locker room in the second quarter on Saturday and has returned to action.

He threw down an emphatic slam in transition, but didn't look right following that play. Parsons walked back without a significant limp and he's likely just dealing with some soreness to his knee, which kept him out of action since Apr. 4.
Apr 18 - 10:35 PM



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