Player News - Mavericks

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Rick Carlisle said that Wesley Matthews is "feeling fine" healthwise, and he's confident Matthews will soon be able to bust out of his shooting slump.

Through the month of March, Matthews has only managed to connect on 28.6 percent of his shot attempts, and in general, efficiency has been a major issue for him this season. He's just not the same player he was prior to the Achilles tear, and while it's unlikely he'll be this bad for the rest of the season, he's simply not doing enough right now to warrant a standard league roster spot.
Mar 27 - 3:24 PM

The Mavericks have recalled Manny Harris and Jarrod Uthoff from the D-League.

Neither player is close to being in the rotation right now.
Mar 26 - 1:10 PM

Harrison Barnes scored 23 points during a 94-86 loss to the Raptors on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, two assists, three steals and no turnovers.

March has been a rough month for Harry B, but now he's got two good ones in a row under his belt. This month, he has his worst scoring average and efficiency compared to other full months. He's still a must-start player and has been much better than expected in reality after his big contract. The Mavs trail the Nuggets by 4.0 games.
Mar 26 - 12:24 AM

Seth Curry scored 11 points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

The Mavs want to get a look Curry as a point guard, but it just wasn't there against a vastly improved defense. We've seen coach Rick Carlisle turn trash to treasure on a lot of point guards, so this should be a positive for Curry after an adjustment period. Of course, fantasy owners in redraft leagues may not enjoy said adjustment period. He still has to be starting in almost all formats.
Mar 26 - 12:20 AM

Wesley Matthews made 2-of-12 from the field and missed both free throws for four points with six rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks.

Besides the missed shots, that's a pretty good line for Matthews. Still, Matthews is now down to just 28.6 percent from the field in March, and a lot of that is because he's only made two shots at the rim for the entire month. The downside is outweighing the upside by a lot these days. He did go to the locker room today, but quickly returned.
Mar 26 - 12:09 AM

Yogi Ferrell scored 10 points with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

He did not check for the first 15 minutes of this game. Ferrell gave the Mavs a nice spark after a strong start, so it's fair to say Ferrell's minutes were likely going to be in the low double digits had he not played well early. He's a drop candidate in most leagues.
Mar 26 - 12:04 AM

Nerlens Noel scored three points in 25 minutes as a starter against the Raptors on Saturday, adding eight rebounds and one block.

Not a great start to the experiment. The Mavs want to figure out what Noel can do on the offensive end and how he can develop with Seth Curry, but it'll definitely be a work in progress with Curry not having the same PNR experience as his bro, Stephen. Still, Noel should be a lot better than this and should be starting in all standard leagues.
Mar 26 - 12:01 AM

Coach Rick Carlisle said the Mavs are in "experimental mode" with Nerlens Noel as a starting center.

In addition to Carlisle saying the Mavs "need" to look at Seth Curry as a PG, he added he wants to see how Curry and Noel go together. Noel did have a strong game on Thursday, so he should be getting some good run as the Mavs figure out where he is as a roll man with a 3-pointers guy. He should be starting in all formats tonight.
Mar 25 - 7:11 PM

The Mavs assigned Manny Harris and Jarrod Uthoff to their D-League affiliate on Saturday.

No fantasy impact here, as neither Harris nor Uthoff is part of Dallas' rotation.
Mar 25 - 1:00 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle said Yogi Ferrell can be great as a "utility player."

This confirms Carlisle's talk of the Mavs playing Seth Curry more at the point. Ferrell only played 16 minutes on Thursday and that was because Curry played a lot of two. It's possible Ferrell's minutes drop even more going forward, so he's a drop candidate in most leagues.
Mar 24 - 2:38 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle said the Mavs "need" to take an extended look at Seth Curry as a point guard going forward.

Interesting. Curry played mostly the two during a win over the Clippers and he's played a lot of two since his breakout. Curry was not a very good point guard earlier in his career, and the change to the SG is part of the reason he's been so good. Regardless, Curry has a big role coming his way and he should continue to be a must-start player in all formats. Curry turned in a strong Thursday game, scoring 23 points with three rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in a win over the Clippers.
Mar 24 - 12:08 AM

Nerlens Noel scored eight points with 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks against the Clippers on Thursday.

That's more like it. Noel played terrific defense on Blake Griffin throughout this game, so that should help coach Rick Carlisle play him big minutes. He only played 19.0 minutes per game over his last three, but now that should change after this important win. Noel should start trending up and flirt with early-round value.
Mar 24 - 12:02 AM

Wesley Matthews made 1-of-8 from the field for five points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer against the Clippers on Thursday.

He just is stuck in one of his brutal slumps again. In his last five, Matthews made just 28.9 percent from the field with averages of 6.6 points, 3.0 boards, 3.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.0 treys. The Iron Man has some of the longest slumps among NBA starters, so some fantasy owners may want to just leave him on the wire until he snaps out of it.
Mar 23 - 11:54 PM

Yogi Ferrell scored five points off the bench against the Clippers on Thursday, adding two rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer in 16 minutes.

It's not looking great for Yogi right now. Coach Rick Carlisle said he wants to get a longer look at Seth Curry at the one, and obviously the Mavs can't use Ferrell at the two for more than a handful of minutes. It was a fun ride, but Ferrell is a drop candidate in most leagues.
Mar 23 - 11:50 PM

J.J. Barea was ejected for a flagrant 2 foul on Blake Griffin in the third quarter on Thursday.

This was probably one of the worst flagrant 2 fouls of the season. Barea only have Griffin a shove and may have made some contact to his face. He won't be suspended for this one and will be ready for Saturday against the Raptors. Barea finished with five points, three assists and one 3-pointer. He isn't worth owning in most leagues.
Mar 23 - 10:14 PM


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