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Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) practiced "without any issues" on Monday, according to coach Rick Carlisle.

Dirk sprained his ankle on Saturday but he played through it and all signs point to him playing without limitations on Wednesday. "Our perspective is we want to move up as high as we can [in playoff seeding]," Carlisle said. The seventh-seed Mavericks are a half-game behind the Warriors and a half-game ahead of the Grizzlies.
Apr 14 - 1:54 PM

Dirk Nowitzki hit 8-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers for 23 points, eight rebounds, two steals and a block in Saturday's win, but also sprained his left ankle late in the game.

He came back to play through it, but with the Mavericks locked into the playoffs and Dirk's ankle far from 100 percent, it would not be at all surprising to see him sit out the last couple games for the Mavs. If he does, Jae Crowder could end up being a sneaky play, and owners of Dirk should watch our news feed carefully to see if the Mavs are going to continue to run Dirk out there, or give him some much needed rest.
Apr 13 - 12:10 AM

Vince Carter hit just 4-of-13 shots for 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals on Saturday, but it was enough for him to pass Adrian Dantley for 25th place on the all-time scoring list.

Carter is having a nice year for the Mavs and should get some votes for Sixth Man of the Year, although he doesn't have much chance of winning it. And with the playoffs locked up for the Mavs, the old man could be ready for some rest.
Apr 13 - 12:08 AM

Monta Ellis tied his season high with 37 points to go along with five rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers on 15-of-23 shooting in Saturday's big win over the Suns.

Ellis was fantastic tonight and it was fun to watch him and Eric Bledsoe trading blows. The Mavs are in the playoffs with this win, but Ellis has a goal of playing out the end of the season and playing in all 82 games. We'll have to wait and see if Rick Carlisle allows him to do so.
Apr 13 - 12:02 AM

Brandan Wright came off the bench for 12 points, 11 rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 32 minutes on Saturday.

He had a huge block on Eric Bledsoe to help secure the win, but had scored a total of 10 points over his last three games. Samuel Dalembert has been a better play, but Wright came through in this one. The Mavs clinched a playoff berth tonight, so it's possible that they'll just continue to roll with Wright until the playoffs get here.
Apr 12 - 11:59 PM

Jose Calderon played just 17 minutes and missed all three of his shots in Saturday's win over the Suns.

Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe were running circles around Calderon, so Rick Carlisle went with Monta Ellis and Devin Harris for most of the game. There's no report of an injury to JC, so we're guessing he's back out there for the next one. Harris wasn't great, with three points and six assists in 31 minutes.
Apr 12 - 11:56 PM

Monta Ellis scored a team-high 24 points vs. the Spurs during a 109-100 loss to go with four boards, four assists and one steal in 38 minutes.

He bruised his tailbone on Wednesday night and was never in doubt to miss this game. Ellis had a sizable slump back in February, but he's been solid since with the exception of two games shooting below 25 percent from the field. He's been durable for much of his career and he looks poised to play in his second consecutive 82-game season.
Apr 11 - 12:48 AM

Shawn Marion's foot injury didn't seem to hinder him during Thursday's loss to the Spurs, scoring 12 points with three boards, one assist, two blocks and two 3-pointers on 5-of-7 shooting.

He said before the game the top of his right foot has been bothering him, but there is nothing seriously wrong. There aren't many players who can average just 10 points per game and put up decent fantasy value, but the Matrix has been able to do so thanks to his across-the-board production.
Apr 11 - 12:42 AM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points vs. the Spurs on Thursday with six boards, one assist, one steal and no turnovers in 34 minutes.

He failed to score in the first quarter and quickly turned it around. Nowitzki was doing some stretching on the sidelines tonight, but there is no report of an injury. His minutes have actually increased and he'll likely be playing a lot with the Mavs in the thick of a playoff chase.
Apr 11 - 12:37 AM

Shawn Marion (foot) received treatment on his injured foot on Thursday and is expected to play against the Spurs on Thursday.

Marion's been a bit hit-or-miss over the second half of the season but will be a key piece if the Mavericks are going to win their fifth straight game by beating the Spurs tonight.
Apr 10 - 12:32 PM

Monta Ellis, who took a very hard fall on his tailbone Wednesday night, is expected to play against the Spurs on Thursday.

He received treatment last night and it sounds like he's good to go tonight against a depleted Spurs team. Tony Parker has been ruled out and it sounds like Manu Ginobili will likely be in street clothes with a calf contusion.
Apr 10 - 12:30 PM

Shawn Marion injured his right foot during Tuesday's game, but he expects to play vs. the Spurs on Thursday.

Marion landed hard on his foot and injured the top of his right arch, though fortunately for Dallas the injury doesn't seem serious. He kept playing to finish with 10 points and six rebounds in 33 minutes, and is safe to keep active unless the Mavs downgrade his status in the next 24 hours.
Apr 9 - 10:27 AM

Monta Ellis said that he was fine after taking a very hard fall during Tuesday's game.

"I was in awe of Ellis hitting the floor as hard as he did and getting back up, knocking in the free throws and continuing to play a real aggressive game," said coach Rick Carlisle. "I’m sure he’s going to be sore [Wednesday]. But he hasn't missed a game yet and I don’t expect him to be asking out." Ellis, who is averaging 37 minutes per game, is on pace to play in all 82 games for the second consecutive season.
Apr 9 - 10:25 AM

Samuel Dalembert had 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks in Tuesday's win over the Jazz.

He's gotten solid minutes and played very well over his last four games, averaging 10.5 points, 9.25 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. If you need a cheap big man down the stretch, Dalembert looks like a nice option.
Apr 8 - 11:37 PM

Dirk Nowitzki hit 9-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for 21 points, six rebounds and three assists, passing Oscar Robertson for No. 10 on the all-time NBA scoring list with 26,714 points in Tuesday's win over the Jazz.

The Mavs only won by 12, despite setting a franchise record by hitting 16-of-17 shots in the first quarter and opening up a big lead. Dirk's ticket to the HOF was already punched prior to this night, but this is the icing on the cake.
Apr 8 - 11:34 PM


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