Player News - Mavericks

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Devin Harris (toe) visited a specialist in New York and said that he's still experiencing nerve issues in his toe.

The guard has missed the last six games, but he was able to resume light shooting on Friday. He doesn't have any pain when he's barefoot, but the nerve issues begin when he puts his shoe on. There is no timetable set for Harris' return, so he can be left on the wire in most leagues. Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea will continue to fill the void off the bench for the Mavs. In addition to Friday's game vs. the Spurs, Harris will also not play on Saturday vs. the Grizzlies.
Feb 5 - 1:28 PM

Deron Williams (right hip contusion) has been listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

Coach Rick Carlisle is "hopeful" to have him back in the lineup and Williams said on Thursday that he would give it a go, but we should have a concrete answer after the Mavs' shootaround. For now, it sounds safe to pencil him back into lineups. J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton will lose some value if D-Will plays.
Feb 5 - 10:05 AM

Deron Williams (right hip contusion) said after Thursday's practice that he'll play Friday vs. the Spurs.

Rick Carlisle wouldn't officially confirm Williams' status, but he did say he was hopeful Deron would be out there, so it's looking like he'll play vs. the Spurs. With Williams active, J.J. Barea will return to the bench and Raymond Felton's minutes will take a hit. Owners should check back for official confirmation on Deron following Friday morning's shootaround.
Feb 4 - 3:17 PM

Dirk Nowitzki will play Friday vs. the Spurs, but his status for Saturday's game vs. the Grizzlies has not yet been determined.

Carlisle said as recently as January 31 that Nowitzki will not be playing in back-to-back sets, so it'll be interesting to see if he changes his stance on that subject for Saturday's game. If Dirk is out vs. the Grizzlies, Charlie Villanueva would likely enter the starting five to matchup with Memphis' bully-ball lineup, and there would be more minutes available for guys like Raymond Felton and Dwight Powell. Stay tuned.

Devin Harris (left toe) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

It doesn't seem likely that Harris will be able to play Saturday vs. the Grizzlies either, and it'll be Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea picking up some extra run in his absence. Harris belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues.
Feb 4 - 2:49 PM

Rick Carlisle said that he's hopeful to have Deron Williams (right hip contusion) available for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

Williams sat out Wednesday's game with the hip injury, but he was moving around better at shootaround, and there's a chance he's able to get back on the court Friday night. Williams return to the lineup would result in J.J. Barea heading back to the bench, and there would be less minutes available for Raymond Felton. Check back for another update on Williams following Friday morning's shootaround.
Feb 4 - 2:48 PM

Dirk Nowitzki said he doesn't agree with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's recent comments that he is a one-trick pony.

Abdul-Jabbar recently said Nowitzki was a one-trick pony and was unable to dominate during his career, but Dirk shrugged of the Hall of Famer's comments. "People have opinions," Nowitzki said. "He's one of the greatest ever to play the game, so I'm not going to get in a war of words. I respect his opinion. I don't necessarily agree with it, but it is what it is." Comments aside, the 37-year-old is worth a nightly start in all fantasy leagues as he's still averaging 17.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.7 three-pointers this season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Feb 4 - 9:39 AM

Chandler Parsons said his late-game benching during Wednesday's loss to Miami was "definitely strange."

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle opted for Raymond Felton over Parsons to close the game and explained the move by saying that Parsons had been struggling for most of the game. "It's definitely strange to me, especially after how I've been playing," Parsons said after the game. "It's definitely different, but every game calls for something different." Parsons has been on fire as of late and should be be in all fantasy lineups as he's due for a rebound against the Spurs on Friday.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Feb 4 - 9:25 AM

J.J. Barea started for injured Deron Williams (hip) and played 35 minutes on Wednesday, finishing with 11 points, three rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers.

We were hoping for more, but the 3-pointers helped salvage a decent line for the new starter. Williams is iffy for Friday's game and if he's out, look for Barea to get another start, as well as put up slightly better numbers. Raymond Felton played 30 minutes off the bench and had 11 points and four assists on 4-of-12 shooting.
Feb 4 - 12:10 AM

Zaza Pachulia played 39 minutes and had 10 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and a steal in Wednesday's loss to the Heat.

Pachulia might be the most surprising fantasy center of the season and is showing no signs of slowing down. He's averaging 7.8 points and 11.0 rebounds over his last five games, and racked up his 22nd double-double of the season tonight. More blocks would be nice, but not bad for a guy you likely picked up off waivers.
Feb 4 - 12:06 AM

Dirk Nowitzki hit 10-of-21 shots and two 3-pointers for 28 points, four rebounds and three blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Heat.

The old guy is playing well and has scored 18 and 28 points in his two games since getting a night off for rest. Keep using him as long as you know he's going to play.
Feb 4 - 12:01 AM

Devin Harris (toe) will not suit up for Wednesday's game vs. the Heat.

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said that Harris will be doubtful for the next couple of games, so it doesn't sound like he'll be available for Friday's game vs. the Spurs or Saturday's game vs. the Grizzlies. Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea will continue to earn some extended run in Harris' absence.
Feb 3 - 12:38 PM

Deron Williams (right hip contusion) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Heat.

Williams was moving around better during Wednesday morning's shootaround, but the Mavs won't rush anything with the oft-injured point guard. It'll be Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea seeing an uptick in minutes tonight with both Williams and Devin Harris (toe) out, with Barea likely to enter the starting lineup. The Mavs play the Spurs on Friday, so we'll be considering Williams questionable for that one.
Feb 3 - 12:37 PM

Devin Harris (sprained left big toe) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Heat.

With both Harris and Deron Williams (hip) being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game, J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton could be in line for a healthy heaping of minutes tonight if both those guards can't give it a go. Barea will likely start if Williams is unavailable, and he'd be someone to consider in DFS.

Deron Williams (right hip contusion) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Heat.

Williams was forced out of Monday's loss to the Hawks with the hip injury, and Rick Carlisle said after the game that he was "concerned" about the injury, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Dallas err on the side of caution with the oft-injured point guard and keep him out of Wednesday's game. J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton will benefit if Williams is forced to miss any time.
Feb 3 - 10:04 AM


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