Player News - Mavericks

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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

Tyson Chandler returned from a scary knee injury to finish Sunday's loss in New Orleans with four points, seven rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 33 minutes.

He was carried off the court after knee-on-knee contact, but X-rays were negative and it seems to have been nothing worse than a stinger. Owners should consider him questionable for Tuesday's game as a precaution, while checking for updates over the next few days.
Jan 25 - 9:26 PM

Mavs big man Dwight Powell neared his season-high with 10 points off the bench on Sunday, adding six rebounds, two assists and one block.

He played 15 minutes and briefly stepped into a bigger role once Tyson Chandler (knee) went down. Chandler was able to return in the fourth quarter, however, so there's no incentive to pluck Powell off the waiver wire.
Jan 25 - 9:26 PM

Rajon Rondo made 7-of-10 shots with two 3-pointers on Sunday, scoring 17 points with eight rebounds and nine assists in his first double-digit scoring game since Jan. 13.

This was just the fourth time since joining the Mavs that Rondo has made more than half of his shot attempts, so owners should enjoy it while it lasts. He padded his near triple-double with a pair of steals and only two turnovers in 34 minutes, taking full advantage of the absence of Pelicans' PG Jrue Holiday (leg).
Jan 25 - 9:25 PM

Chandler Parsons disappeared on Sunday with six points on 2-of-6 shooting, one rebound, three turnovers and no other stats to his credit.

Prior to the Mavs' trade for Rajon Rondo, Parsons was averaging 16.7 points, 2.2 threes, 5.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steals, while shooting 44.8 percent from the field. Since the trade he's dipped in points (-3.1), threes (-0.6), boards (-1.1), assists (-0.5) and steals (-0.2). That's reduced him to late-round value, and owners itching to trade him would need to do so at a steep discount. Stay patient.
Jan 25 - 9:23 PM

Tyson Chandler left Sunday's game against the Pelicans with a knee injury, but has since returned to action.

He collided with Anthony Davis during the third quarter and immediately gripped his knee in pain. Chandler couldn't put any weight on his leg and had to carried off the floor by his teammates, so it's surprising to see him back on the floor. X-rays were negative on his knee, so it looks like he dodged a bullet. We will let you know how his knee holds up after the game.
Jan 25 - 7:37 PM

Rajon Rondo stressed that he wasn't upset with coach Carlisle's decision to bench him during the fourth quarter of Friday's loss to the Bulls.

"Coach made a decision. It's as simple as that," said Rondo. "I've been in this game a long time. It's not like it's the end of the world. I like what Coach Carlisle has done for me this year. I don't have any regrets." Rondo has averaged 10.1 points, 7.1 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 16 games since being traded to the Mavs, and it's clear that his value is trending down. However, he is playing for a new contract and he still has time to turn things around.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jan 24 - 9:05 AM

Rajon Rondo was benched during the fourth quarter of the Mavs' 102-98 loss to the Bulls on Friday, finishing with six points on 3-of-9 shooting, two rebounds, four assists and a steal in 27 minutes.

Rondo was benched earlier in the year under the premise of Achilles' pain and it's starting to look to some like it's a basic offensive issue. Teams are packing it in against Rondo and Rick Carlisle decided to go with Devin Harris instead. Rondo is also struggling in fantasy leagues, so consider moving him to your bench in 8-cat leagues. Rondo is radioactive in 9-cat leagues unless you're punting turnovers, but some added production might sneak him into late-round value in those formats.
Jan 24 - 2:29 AM

Monta Ellis got back on track with 17 points on 7-of-18 shooting, two rebounds, four assists and five steals in Friday's loss to the Bulls.

Ellis isn't one to struggle for long. Tyson Chandler joined him on the right side of the stat sheet with 10 and 12 with a steal and five blocks, and Dirk Nowitzki continued to heat up with 24 and seven with two threes and a block. Chandler Parsons added 19 points with two steals and a three in the loss.
Jan 24 - 2:25 AM

Monta Ellis hit just 3-of-12 shots for seven points, zero rebounds, three assists and three steals in Wednesday's win.

He had similar struggles a week ago, hitting 1-of-11 shots for five points, but outside of these two games, is having a big season. He'll bounce back in his next game.
Jan 21 - 11:21 PM

Chandler Parsons hit 9-of-13 shots and four 3-pointers for 22 points, two rebounds, two assists and a block in Wednesday's win over the Wolves.

Parsons is heating up again and is averaging 16.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games on 48 percent shooting. Slump busted.
Jan 21 - 11:20 PM

Dirk Nowitzki has recovered from a stomach illness that bothered him in late December and early January, and he said that he's "starting to feel better again."

Nowitzki had a rest day on Wednesday and may have a few more as the season progresses, but he's not in imminent danger of any DNP-CDs. Dirk's stats have dipped across the board this year, including scoring (18.7 points per game), but we may see an uptick in the coming weeks now that his ailment is behind him.
Jan 20 - 7:57 PM

Monta Ellis ran the offense against the Grizzlies during an impressive 103-95 win at Memphis on Monday, scoring 25 points with two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

Ellis is playing through some elbow soreness, but it didn't affect his playing time or his usage rate with a 9-of-18 from the field and five-turnover line -- good for a 29.4 usage rate. Ellis' numbers haven't fallen off since the acquisition of Rajon Rondo due to his tremendous rapport on pick-and-roll plays. He is as durable as they come and is a top-10 fantasy shooting guard.
Jan 19 - 8:30 PM

Rajon Rondo scored six points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two turnovers against the Grizzlies on Monday.

He crushed his previous season-low four assists today. Rondo's assists numbers have really fallen off since joining the Mavericks due to a slower pace than it was while he was in Boston and how Monta Ellis is a much better option on offense.
Jan 19 - 8:25 PM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points with six rebounds and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Grizzlies on Monday.

That rest day from Wednesday has helped him out in his last two games with a 25-point effort on Friday and this solid effort today. Nowitzki had one of his worst months in his career in December, making just 43.5 percent from the field, and he was at just 44.0 percent from the field this month before today. He'll get some rest days here and there, but his owner might be willing to sell him below market value.
Jan 19 - 8:22 PM


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