Player News - Mavericks

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Dwight Powell hit 7-of-11 shots off the bench and finished Saturday's surprising win over the Bulls with a career-high 17 points, eight rebounds and one assist.

With Dirk Nowitzki's season potentially hanging in the balance, Powell is someone to keep an eye on. Yes, Nowitzki says he'll be fine, but continues to remain out indefinitely. Powell is averaging 9.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.6 blocks over his last five games, so he's far from a must-own player. But he's also averaging 21 minutes over that stretch and played 28 of them tonight. Put him on your radar.
Dec 4 - 1:20 AM

Wesley Matthews hit 9-of-17 shots and seven 3-pointers on his way to tie a season high with 26 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 35 minutes against the Bulls.

The Mavs surprisingly dominated this game and the strong play of Matthews was a big reason as to why it happened. He's been killing it from downtown lately, hitting at least five 3-pointers in three of his last four games. He's averaging 22 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 4.8 3-pointers over his last four. After a hot start in an October and a mostly forgettable November, Matthews is crushing right now.
Dec 4 - 1:14 AM

Deron Williams hit just 3-of-11 shots, but had nine points, two rebounds, a season-high 15 assists and a steal in 31 minutes of Saturday's surprising 107-82 win over the Bulls.

After missing eight of nine games with a calf injury, Williams has played in five straight. And while we don't love his game or trust him, he's deserving of some attention right now. He's averaging 9.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 7.4 assists over his last five games, but is shooting just 34 percent and has just one steal, zero blocks and two 3-pointers over that stretch. If you are desperate for assists, Williams is worth a look. But you'll just have to hope he's not hurt again before you actually get him into your lineup.
Dec 4 - 1:07 AM

Andrew Bogut returned from a day of rest and had a season-high eight points, 11 rebounds, two steals and zero blocks in 22 minutes before fouling out on Saturday.

He's averaging just 4.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.5 blocks over his last four games played, and while the rebounds are fun, the non-existent scoring and blocks are not. Add in that he's always a candidate to miss games and he's barely worth owning in most fantasy leagues, especially when an eight-point night in December is your season high in scoring.
Dec 4 - 1:03 AM

Deron Williams (calf) will start against the Bulls on Saturday.

He had his minutes increase in his last game, so Williams could get over 30 again tonight. He's a hold while he's healthy, but he's one of the most injury-prone players in the NBA.
Dec 3 - 8:32 PM

Devin Harris (toe) could play into the second half on Saturday against the Bulls.

He's only played 11 minutes in each of his last two, so maybe Harris can play closer to 20 minutes tonight. He has to stay healthy for more than a week to warrant a pickup in most leagues.
Dec 3 - 7:08 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle said J.J. Barea (calf) could return "in a couple weeks."

He's still not even close and is likely out until early January. With Seth Curry (knee) also out, the Mavs will have to count on Jonathan Gibson and hope that Deron Williams can actually stay healthy.
Dec 3 - 7:03 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle said Justin Anderson could see more time at power forward.

The Mavs need some help at the four with Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) out indefinitely. Anderson is earning more minutes and Carlisle has said he's going to give Anderson more minutes as the year goes along. He's on the radar in deeper leagues and is starting to trend up, especially since the Mavs have used him at four positions this year.
Dec 3 - 7:00 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle said on Saturday that Dirk Nowitzki (right Achilles strain) is going to be out "a while."

Carlisle added that Dirk should be deemed "out indefinitely." This is not all that surprising, considering that the Mavs had already announced Dirk would miss at least the Mavs next two games. The immediate future is very murky for Dirk. He has missed 13 of the Mavs last 15 games as his Achilles has been unable to heal properly. Considering the Mavs are currently disincentivized to win, as each loss means a greater likelihood of securing a top lottery pick, expect Dallas to be extremely cautious with Dirk and only play him when he is close to 100%
Dec 3 - 12:37 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle told reporters that Seth Curry (right knee sprain) will not play Saturday vs. Chicago.

This will be the second game Curry has missed since spraining his knee Wednesday night. Starter Deron Williams may play more than 30 minutes on Saturday for the first time since November 4th. Devin Harris and Jonathan Gibson could also see an uptick in minutes off the Mavs bench.
Dec 3 - 12:30 PM

Devin Harris (right great toe sprain) is probable for Saturday's game vs. the Bulls.

Harris has played 11 minutes in each of the Mavs last two games, as he works his way back from the toe injury that cost him the first 16 games of the season. If Seth Curry sits out Saturday, Harris' minutes may bump up into the teens. However, Harris can still be left on waivers in standard leagues.
Dec 3 - 9:46 AM

Deron Williams (left calf strain) is probable to play vs. Chicago on Saturday.

Williams appears to have finally put his nagging calf issue in the rear-view mirror. D-Will has seen his playing time and production increase in each of the Mavs four previous games, from 15 minutes and four points last Friday to 14 points in 29 minutes on Thursday. When healthy, Willims is a fantasy asset, especially for teams in need of point guard depth. Over the first five games of this season, Williams averaged 15.0 points, 5.8 assists and 2.4 3-pointers in 35 minutes per game.
Dec 3 - 9:40 AM

Seth Curry (mild knee sprain) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Bulls.

Curry suffered a mild sprain of his right knee on Wednesday, which caused him to miss Thursday's game. If Curry doesn't play on Saturday, Deron Williams, Devin Harris and Jonathan Gibson would see a slight uptick in minutes.
Dec 3 - 9:33 AM

Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles), already ruled out of Saturday's game against the Bulls, is likely to miss at least one additional game.

The Mavs following game is Monday vs. Charlotte. They then play the Kings on Wednesday, which seems to be the earliest we would see Dirk back on the floor. However, even that is questionable due to the lingering soreness in his right Achilles' tendon. "Dirk's situation is improving, but he is really out indefinitely," Carlisle said during his weekly appearance on 103.3 FM ESPN. Dirk has played in just two of the Mavs last 13 games. With the 3-15 Mavs headed towards a top lottery pick, they have absolutely no reason to rush Dirk back into the lineup.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 2 - 6:23 PM

Harrison Barnes scored 17 points in a 97-87 loss to the Hornets on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer.

He was 8-of-20 from the field today and continues to get a ton of shots. Barnes is living in the mid-range with a whopping 45 percent of his shot total coming in that area, which usually indicates a guy will go through some highs and lows. He's been better than expected as a mid-round guy this season.
Dec 1 - 10:19 PM


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