Player News - Mavericks

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Rajon Rondo played just 23 minutes on Friday against the Heat, scoring four points on 2-of-4 shooting with four rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Rondo has not been a hit in Dallas and he's been returning bench-worthy numbers in fantasy leagues. In 9-cat leagues he's in the tank unless you're punting turnovers. Owners should simply keep him benched until Dallas figures out how they want to deploy him. This is a veteran club with some great offensive minds, so there's still a good chance they get it figured out.
Jan 31 - 2:01 AM

Charlie Villanueva scored a season-high 20 points off the bench on Friday, hitting six threes with five rebounds and one block in 23 minutes.

Villanueva had a few nice games earlier in the month but has been dead quiet ever since. If he can parlay this into a few nice outings in a row we'll let you know.
Jan 31 - 1:58 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu scored 10 points with seven rebounds, two assists and four steals in 29 minutes off the bench on Friday.

Aminu is coming off a solid three-steal, six-block game on Wednesday but Chandler Parsons (illness) was out tonight and we need to see Aminu do this again before getting hot on him. In particular, with Parsons in the lineup.
Jan 31 - 1:57 AM

Richard Jefferson will start in place of Chandler Parsons (illness) on Friday against the Heat.

It'll be Jefferson against Danny Granger at small forward tonight, which isn't exactly Damian Lillard vs. Jeff Teague at point guard. Jefferson was actually very good in the last game without Parsons, scoring 13 points with 13 boards. If you need a player in a pinch tonight. Give him a look.
Jan 30 - 7:58 PM

Chandler Parsons (illness) will not play against the Heat on Friday.

It sounds like he's just sick, so he could be back for Saturday against the Magic. While Parsons is out, Richard Jefferson will likely take over most of the minutes. In fact, in R-Jeff's last game without Parsons, he had 13 points, 13 boards and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes -- that was with Jae Crowder too. Give him a look in DFS. Al-Farouq Aminu will also get more run and could build off his six-block game.
Jan 30 - 6:36 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu came off the bench for 10 points, seven rebounds, three steals and a career-high six blocks on 2-of-7 shooting in 29 minutes on Wednesday.

The last time we blurbed him was back on Jan. 4, which should tell you how he's been playing. This was easily his best game of the season and there's no reason to pick him up, unless he starts making noise on a nightly basis.
Jan 29 - 12:21 AM

Monta Ellis hit 14-of-23 shots and a 3-pointer for 33 points, four rebounds, five assists and a steal on Wednesday.

Rajon Rondo was terrible tonight and Ellis is heating up, scoring 33, 19, 36 and 17 points over his last four games.
Jan 29 - 12:19 AM

Chandler Parsons hit 8-of-13 shots and five 3-pointers for 21 points, three rebounds and a steal on Wednesday.

Parsons had an annoying hiccup on Sunday when he scored six points, but is still averaging 17.4 points and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games. His general lack of rebounds and assists is annoying, but he's playing well for Dallas offensively.
Jan 29 - 12:17 AM

Dirk Nowitzki hit just 4-of-11 shots for 14 points, five rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's loss to the Rockets.

He left briefly after taking a James Harden elbow to the face, and has struggled recently. He had just 11 points and five rebounds on Tuesday, but was playing better prior to his last two games. This looks like a nice time to try to buy low on Dirk.
Jan 29 - 12:14 AM

Dirk Nowitzki exited Wednesday's game in the first quarter after being elbowed in the face by James Harden, but he has since returned.

The Mavs' training staff evaluated him on the bench and he seems to have a mouth injury, but it obviously wasn't very serious. We'll keep an eye on him throughout the course of the game as a precaution.
Jan 28 - 8:21 PM

Chandler Parsons said that he's accepted a smaller role with the Mavericks, adding, "I’ve just got to be doing a lot of stuff that’s without the ball.

"Rondo is going to have the ball a lot, Monta’s going to have the ball a lot, Dirk’s going to have it in the post a lot," Parsons said. "If [I'm not] the No. 1 or 2 option, I’ve accepted that, but I’m going to stay aggressive." Parsons is actually posting a career-high usage rate of 20.6 percent, but his minutes have fallen below 33 per game and he's struggled to adjust to Rajon Rondo's arrival. Fantasy owners should stay patient, as Parsons should shake off his slump before long.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jan 28 - 6:09 PM

Chandler Parsons quickly recovered from his six-point dud on Sunday, finishing Tuesday's loss with 19 points on 7-of-11 FGs with three 3-pointers, two rebounds and three assists.

He played 32 minutes and was limited down the stretch with the game out of reach, so this is a relatively encouraging performance for Parsons' weary owners. Worries about his scoring are understandable, but the bigger concern might be his supporting stats -- over the Mavs' past five games he's averaging a paltry 1.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.3 blocks. Unless you want to sell him at a steep discount, patience is warranted.
Jan 27 - 11:32 PM

Rajon Rondo couldn't duplicate Sunday's near triple-double on Tuesday, but he still posted seven points, one 3-pointer, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.

He turned the ball over three times but didn't take any FT attempts, to his fantasy owners' relief. Fantasy owners' should keep an eye on Rondo's health and playing time over the next few weeks -- he's averaging just 27.5 minutes over the Mavs' past six games, possibly a consequence of a lingering Achilles injury.
Jan 27 - 11:25 PM

Tyson Chandler's knee injury didn't limit him vs. the Grizzlies on Tuesday, as he scored 10 points on 4-of-4 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs with five rebounds in 32 minutes of action.

He might have played more but he racked up five personal fouls in a tough matchup with Marc Gasol. Chandler's owners are basically playing with free money after his quick return from a seemingly serious knee injury on Sunday, and he's unlikely to fall far below his third-round valuation in 9-cat leagues while healthy.
Jan 27 - 11:20 PM

Monta Ellis notched his seventh 30-point game of the season on Sunday, pouring in 36 points on 16-of-27 shooting in a narrow road loss to the Pelicans.

In the process, Ellis became the league leader in crunch-time scoring with 94 points in the 'clutch,' as defined by NBA.com. He drained four 3-pointers tonight, with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and only one turnover, and this may have been his most well-rounded line all season. Unlike teammate Chandler Parsons, the arrival of Rajon Rondo hasn't slowed Ellis down a bit.
Jan 25 - 9:27 PM


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