Player News - Mavericks

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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

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

Devin Harris (toe) looks like a go against the Rockets on Saturday.

He was listed as questionable, but the team expected him to play all along. If any other news comes around regarding Harris, we'll pass it along. Expect him to play minutes in the lower 20s tonight.
Apr 18 - 9:06 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle said "there's a plan in place" for Chandler Parsons' playing time on Saturday.

Parsons said his conditioning isn't up to par, so we're not expecting him to play more than 30 minutes in his first game back. He's going to start and should still be able to put up a decent line against his former team.
Apr 18 - 8:10 PM

Updating a previous report, Chandler Parsons (knee) said that he will definitely be in the starting lineup vs. the Rockets on Saturday.

Parsons said he had no setbacks after practicing in full on Friday, and the Mavericks will be thrilled to see him back after he missed the last six games of the season. His minutes might be held in check, but he is expected to spend some time defending James Harden. Richard Jefferson moves to the bench following this news while Al-Farouq Aminu should see a decreased role.
Apr 18 - 12:48 PM

Chandler Parsons (knee) is expected to be in the starting lineup vs. the Rockets on Sunday.

He missed the final six games of the regular season due to pain and swelling in his knee, but it looks like he is ready to go after going through a full practice on Friday, Parsons will likely have to spend some time defending James Harden, but his minutes will likely be held in check as he regains his conditioning. Owners in daily leagues should probably avoid him for now. Richard Jefferson will move to the bench Saturday, while Al-Farouq Aminu will play less as well.
Source: Mavs,com
Apr 18 - 11:16 AM

Chandler Parsons (knee) is planning on playing in Game 1 against the Rockets.

He practiced today and he should be able to give it a go. Parsons said his conditioning is a little suspect, so he may only be in the high 20s for minutes. Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu will play less.
Apr 17 - 3:36 PM

Chandler Parsons (knee) is being listed as questionable for Game 1 against the Rockets on Saturday.

Parsons played some 1-on-1 on Thursday, and head coach Rick Carlisle implied that Parsons would be a go for Game 1, so things are progressing in a positive direction. We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but if Parsons is unavailable, Richard Jefferson would draw the start with Al-Farouq Aminu logging extended minutes off the bench. Stay tuned.

Devin Harris (toe) has been downgraded to questionable for Game 1 against the Rockets on Saturday.

Rick Carlisle said on Thursday that Harris would play, so we're going to assume he's closer to probable than questionable. However, if he's forced to sit, it will open up minutes for J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton. Barea makes for the better daily league target sans Harris.
Apr 17 - 2:21 PM


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