Player News - Mavericks

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J.J. Barea (groin) was able to practice without any setbacks on Thursday.

Coach Rick Carlisle wouldn't guarantee that Barea would play on Saturday vs. Portland, so he's still considered questionable. This is the only game left on the schedule for Dallas this week, so he can be left on the wire in most cases. If he misses another game, we'll see more of Yogi Ferrell, Devin Harris and Dennis Smith Jr.
Jan 18 - 1:25 PM

J.J. Barea (groin) is hopeful that he'll be able to get back to the court for Saturday's game in Portland.

Barea missed Tuesday's game due to the groin issue, but said he "should be okay," and he'll have had a full week off going into Saturday's game so maybe he'll be able to get back out there. If Barea is able to return to the court, Devin Harris' minutes will take a hit.
Jan 17 - 9:54 AM

Devin Harris came off the bench for 16 points, one assist and four 3-pointers on 5-of-11 shooting Tuesday, in just 18 minutes of action.

J.J. Barea (groin) sat this one out, moving Yogi Ferrell to the bench and freeing up some room for Harris to work. This was Harris' best game in January, but he's only getting 18 minutes a night, which isn't enough for him to be owned in fantasy.
Jan 16 - 11:50 PM

Yogi Ferrell moved to the bench with J.J. Barea out (groin) on Tuesday and hit 5-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, two rebounds, seven assists and a steal in 35 minutes off the bench.

The Mavs started Maxi Kleber, who did nothing, and Ferrell was instrumental in helping the Mavs win the fourth quarter 33-19 and giving his team a chance to win the game. Ferrell's generally more fun to use when he's starting, but has scored in double figures in four straight games. If you picked him up and used him this week, we're at the halfway mark, with Dallas finishing their week on Saturday against the Blazers.
Jan 16 - 11:47 PM

Dennis Smith Jr. hit 11-of-18 shots and 3-of-3 free throws for 25 points, two rebounds, five assists and a steal in 31 minutes of Tuesday's 105-102 loss to the Nuggets.

Smith helped lead a fourth-quarter comeback when Dallas outscored Denver 33-19, but came up just short. DSJ had a big three-point play near the end that cut the lead to one when he hit the free throw, but he also had a costly late turnover, as well. DSJ is playing very well right now, averaging 18.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five, and has hit 16-of-17 free throws in his last four. He's still learning how to play, but has scored at least 20 points in three of his last four games. Make sure he's in your lineup if Dallas is playing.
Jan 16 - 11:43 PM

Dirk Nowitzki played just 23 minutes and hit 3-of-5 shots for six points, four rebounds and a steal in Tuesday's 105-102 loss to the Nuggets.

Nikola Jokic destroyed the center-less Macs tonight and Dallas made their big comeback in the fourth quarter with Dirk on the bench. Dirk has been a pleasant surprise this season, but has scored six or fewer points in three of his last five games. While it's possible he's running out of gas, the fact that he's playing a lot of center for Dallas may also be taking its toll. He'll try to bounce back against Jusuf Nurkic and the Blazers on Saturday, which should be interesting after Nurkic was benched for a big part of Tuesdays' Blazers' game.
Jan 16 - 11:39 PM

Maxi Kleber will start vs. the Mavericks on Tuesday, sending Yogi Ferrell back to the bench.

Kleber has been trending down for weeks and there's no indication that this is anything more than a matchup-based decision. Leave Kleber on the wire for now.
Jan 16 - 8:58 PM

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said the earliest we'll see Nerlens Noel (finger) is in February.

He had his cast removed in early January, but his timetable hasn't really changed. Carlisle said back on Jan. 4 that Noel could be playing by early February, so maybe they showcase him before the Feb. 8 trade deadline. He was out of the rotation before the injury, so a fresh start could really help him.
Jan 16 - 7:52 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle said that Seth Curry (leg) won't return until February at the earliest.

Curry has yet to appear in a game this season, and it sounds like he won't make his debut anytime soon. He'll first need to be cleared for contact, and then begin practicing with the team before he gets close to game action. He should be left on the waiver wire in all re-draft leagues.
Jan 16 - 7:49 PM

J.J. Barea (groin) is listed as out for Tuesday's game vs. the Nuggets.

This is coming from the team's game notes, but his owners should go ahead and have a backup plan ready. Keep in mind that Dallas has just two games total this week. Dennis Smith Jr., Yogi Ferrell and Devin Harris will all get a bump with Barea expected to sit out.
Jan 15 - 1:02 PM

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said Dennis Smith Jr. has been "earning his minutes" lately.

"It's a very precise game, and when you have the ball that much you are going to be in situations where you have to make decisions and make plays -- and he's learning a lot about those kinds of things," Carlisle said. DSJ has played more than 30 minutes just five times since the start of December, but he's now done that three games in a row with averages of 19.3 points, 4.0 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.6 triples in just under 35 minutes per game. His fantasy arrow is finally pointing straight up.
Source: SportsDay
Jan 14 - 9:49 AM

Harrison Barnes scored 17 points on 7-of-21 shooting Saturday to go with one 3-pointer, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and one turnover in 39 minutes.

Barnes got off to a sluggish start in this one, but he really started to get going during crunch time, rocking a 37.0 usage rate during the fourth quarter and banking in a tough shot with six seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. The shooting wasn't pretty, but we'd expect a more efficient outing on Tuesday in Denver.
Jan 13 - 6:33 PM

J.J. Barea did not play during the second half on Saturday after aggravating a groin injury, finishing with five points, one 3-pointer, three rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 19 minutes.

Rick Carlisle said he had "no idea" on the severity of Barea's injury after the game, so he's likely headed for an MRI. That said, groin injuries can be tricky, so it wouldn't be surprising at all to see this result in an extended absence for the 33-year-old veteran, and if he does need to miss time that would open up minutes for Dennis Smith Jr. and Yogi Ferrell. The Mavs take on the Nuggets on Tuesday, so we should get another update on Barea in the intervening days.
Jan 13 - 6:29 PM

Wesley Matthews drained another three triples on Saturday, on his way to 17 points, four assists, one rebound and zero turnovers in 39 minutes.

Matthews has been rolling over the past few weeks, flirting with top-50 value in 9-cat leagues behind averages of 15.1 points, 3.4 dimes, 2.6 triples and just 0.7 turnovers per contest on 45.9% shooting from the field and 83.3% from the charity stripe. This is probably going to be the high water mark for Matthews this season, as his playing time could begin to dwindle after the All-Star break, so now would be good opportunity to try and sell-high on the 31-year-old swingman.
Jan 13 - 6:09 PM

Yogi Ferrell notched an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double in 43 minutes during Saturday's overtime loss to the Lakers.

Ferrell also added four assists, one 3-pointer and one steal in the loss, and he tends to play well when given the minutes. As a starter this season, Ferrell has produced averages of 12.1 points, 2.1 triples, 3.7 boards, 3.3 assists and just 1.1 turnovers per game on 43.9% shooting, so as long as he’s starting, he’s worth owning in deep leagues.
Jan 13 - 6:02 PM

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