Player News - Mavericks

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Richard Jefferson (calf) is up in the air to play against the Rockets on Sunday and is listed as questionable.

The Mavs were not very forthcoming on Jefferson's injury immediately following the game, but now it sounds like he could miss Game 4. Jefferson was severely outplayed by Al-Farouq Aminu, who played 34 minutes with 15 points, five boards, two blocks and two steals. Aminu will be a popular play in daily fantasy leagues.
Apr 25 - 2:50 PM

Raymond Felton (hamstring) is expected to play in Game 4 on Sunday, but is listed as questionable.

He suffered the injury in the first quarter and was able to return. Felton played just 13 minutes and didn't score. J.J. Barea was by far the best point guard for the Mavs and he could wind up starting. Felton is not likely to play more than 20 minutes in any game the rest of the way.
Apr 25 - 2:47 PM

Chandler Parsons (knee) was seen going through a light workout at practice on Saturday, though he remains out for the playoffs.

While there is no tear or structural damage to his right knee, he will have to undergo surgery and a timetable for his return will not be set until after the procedure. We will continue to track his progress closely, but it's encouraging to see him move around at practice. Richard Jefferson (calf) will likely continue to start if he is able to play, but Al-Farouq Aminu will likely be the primary beneficiary.
Apr 25 - 2:22 PM

Richard Jefferson left Friday's Game 3 loss with a calf ailment and did not return.

Jefferson logged 12 minutes and scored three points with one rebound, one assist and two steals while on the floor. If he can't go then Al-Farouq Aminu will get all the run he can handle, which probably should have been the case to start the series.
Apr 24 - 11:20 PM

Raymond Felton suffered a right hamstring tweak in the first quarter and returned to action on Friday, finishing with no points, four rebounds, one assist and one foul in 13 minutes.

He got the start and just looked a step slow. It might not have been due to the hamstring tweak and it may have just been because he had to guard James Harden. Felton did have a right hamstring injury back in 2008, but there really hasn't been a trend here. Considering how poorly he played, he probably won't start in Game 4 and his status is questionable.
Apr 24 - 10:19 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu scored 15 points on 4-of-5 shooting (2-of-3 3PTs, 5-of-6 FTs) with five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 34 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Rockets.

We're not sure why Rick Carlisle waited so long to get him onto the court for heavy minutes this series, especially since the Mavs' defense is historically bad right now. Richard Jefferson had some sort of ailment during the game and AFA should be on owners' radars for Sunday's action.
Apr 24 - 10:08 PM

Devin Harris logged 21 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 loss, scoring 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting with one rebound and two assists.

Harris has been dealing with a toe injury and had his foot stepped on tonight, but the Mavs desperately need him on the floor and he'll probably try to gut through another game on Sunday.
Apr 24 - 10:06 PM

J.J. Barea scored 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting (including a three) with six rebounds, nine assists and one steal in 25 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 loss.

Barea could be looking at an even bigger workload in Sunday's Game 4 with Devin Harris banged up and Raymond Felton only able to handle 13 minutes tonight. He'll be a popular target in DFS as long as his price doesn't rise too much.
Apr 24 - 10:05 PM

Raymond Felton will start against the Rockets on Friday in place of Rajon Rondo (back).

Usually, the Mavs would go with J.J. Barea, but they're so thin that they need to get Felton in the rotation because of Chandler Parsons (knee) also out. Felton is likely going to act as an off-ball guard while Monta Ellis handles the offense. Barea is not as attractive in fantasy leagues because it's going to be tough for him to log at least 24 minutes. Additionally, the Mavs used a three-guard lineup of Monta, Felton and Barea three minutes in the second half in Game 2, so coach Rick Carlisle will likely go that route again. Devin Harris should also get minutes close to 20.
Apr 24 - 6:49 PM

Updating a previous report, Devin Harris (toe) will play in Friday's Game 3 against Houston.

The Mavericks will likely go with a three point guard rotation of Harris, J.J. Barea, and Raymond Felton. Barea is the likely starter for tonight's game, with Harris expected to slot into his standard sixth man role off the bench. Felton will more than likely lose some minutes with Harris back in the rotation, and he can't be viewed as a viable option in any format.
Apr 24 - 12:33 PM

Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle said that the trade for Rajon Rondo was a risk worth taking, but he and the Mavericks organization are now ready to move on from the failed experiment.

"In the case of anything, there is risk, but there are risks worth taking," Carlisle said. "That trade was a risk worth taking. We all agreed on that. Now, we're at a point where, hey, it's time to move on." The Mavs gave up Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson and two draft picks in the Rondo trade, but it's safe to say his days in Dallas are numbered. He'll try to sign a big contract as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but with the way things ended in Dallas, partnered with two years of declining numbers and ineffective play, he's not looking like a max-contract kind of player.
Source: ESPN
Apr 24 - 12:09 PM

Dirk Nowitzki acknowledged that it's been a "frustrating couple of days" for the Mavericks' franchise, but he's more concerned about Friday's crucial Game 3 against the Rockets.

"It’s been a frustrating couple of days for this franchise," Nowitzki said. "But I think when you’re down and stuff is not really going right, you focus on yourself and what you have to do to get ready to play. You focus on the guys that are here. You focus on the gameplan, make a few adjustments and go from there." Dirk is obviously talking about Rajon Rondo's mysterious back injury here, but he didn't go into much detail as his primary focus is getting a win tonight to avoid the dreaded 0-3 hole. Dirk struggled during Game 2, but we'd expect a bit of a bounce-back performance tonight in front of his home crowd.
Apr 24 - 11:48 AM

Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle said that he expects Devin Harris (toe) to play in Game 3 against the Rockets on Friday.

This is the third positive update we've had on Harris, and all signs are pointing towards him being available tonight. Harris should be able to get around 20 minutes of action tonight, which will likely come at the expense of Raymond Felton.
Apr 24 - 11:26 AM

Chandler Parsons said that there is no tear or structural damage to his right knee, but it's not getting any better, and he will require surgery.

Parsons added that if the Mavs' first-round matchup hadn't been against the Rockets, he probably wouldn't have played at all. He's going to meet with a doctor in Chicago to determine exactly what surgery he will need to have, after which a surgery date and timetable for recovery will be set. With Parsons sidelined, Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu will see extended minutes in Dallas' rotations.
Apr 23 - 2:48 PM

Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle said that Devin Harris is making good progress with his toe injury, and signs are good for him being available for Game 3 against the Rockets on Friday.

Harris was able to go through a full practice on Thursday, and he said he expects to play in Game 3 on Friday. With Rajon Rondo (back) out of commission, Harris and J.J. Barea will run the show at point guard for Dallas, with Raymond Felton seeing some extended minutes off the bench.


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