Player News - Mavericks

Date: Team: Pos:

J.J. Barea started for Dennis Smith Jr. (knee) on Friday vs. the Kings and scored nine points (4-of-14 FGs) with 10 assists, one rebound, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

Smith Jr. has a "little swelling" in his knee, but the injury isn't believed to be serious. The rookie has been ruled out for at least one more game on Saturday vs. Houston, so look for Barea to draw the start again. He'll be a popular short-term pickup and averaged 17.0 points and 6.2 assists in six starts last season.
Oct 21 - 12:07 AM

Yogi Ferrell moved to the bench on Friday vs. the Kings, but still scored 14 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and a triple.

Dennis Smith Jr. (knee) sat this one out due to swelling in his knee and has already been ruled out for Saturday's game vs. Houston. Ferrell still played 30 minutes tonight despite coming off the bench, hitting 3-of-8 shots and 7-of-8 free throws. He's a low-end fantasy option, but gets a nice boost in the short term until DSJ comes back.
Oct 21 - 12:03 AM

Harrison Barnes led the Mavs with a team-high 24 points in Friday's 93-88 loss to the Kings.

He also played a team-high 39 minutes, finishing 8-of-18 from the field and 6-of-9 from the line with four rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers. He shifted to small forward tonight with Nerlens Noel moving into the first unit, but that shouldn't impact his value too much going forward. There's no question that he's the top offensive option in Dallas right now, especially with Dennis Smith Jr. (knee) banged up.
Oct 20 - 11:54 PM

Nerlens Noel moved into the starting lineup on Friday vs. the Kings and played 27 minutes, finishing with seven points (3-of-3 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), six rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

Maybe he started because of the matchup, but Noel is off to an impressive start to the season after racking up 16 points, 11 rebounds, one steal and three blocks in the opener. As long as he stays healthy, Noel will be an elite source of steals and blocks going forward and his minutes are trending in the right direction after playing just 19 in his previous outing. He turned down a lucrative offer from Dallas this summer to bet on himself in free agency, so maybe he does know what he's doing.
Oct 20 - 11:50 PM

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Dennis Smith Jr. (left knee effusion) has "a little swelling" and confirmed that he won't play on Saturday in Houston.

The good news is that the injury is not believed to be serious, so hopefully he'll be back after the weekend. His fantasy owners can expect an update on his knee no later than Monday afternoon before their game against GSW. In the meantime, J.J. Barea (nine points, 10 assists) and Yogi Ferrell (14 points) will hold down the fort in the backcourt.
Oct 20 - 11:09 PM

Nerlens Noel will enter the starting lineup on Friday vs. the Kings.

Dennis Smith Jr. (knee) is out, so the Mavs will start J.J. Barea, Wes Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki and Noel. Noel played just 20 minutes in the season opener including five next to Nowitzki, but he still had a monster night with 16 points, 11 rebounds, one steal and three blocks. He'll look to build on his fast start and should be looking at a bump in minutes.
Oct 20 - 8:21 PM

J.J. Barea, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki and Nerlens Noel will start against the Kings on Friday.

With Dennis Smith Jr. (knee) out, the Mavs had to shift Yogi Ferrell to a straight point guard for tonight. Barea was also strictly the backup to DSJ, so he should be fine in this role and could get 24-28 minutes. He has short-term value.
Oct 20 - 8:21 PM

Dennis Smith Jr. (left knee effusion) will miss Friday's game vs. the Kings and Saturday's game vs. Houston.

He wasn't on the injury report, so this comes as a complete surprise -- he reportedly experienced the swelling after shootaround. Smith Jr. had a torn left ACL during his senior season in high school, so it's a little worrying that he has some swelling. There's no word on the severity, but hopefully we'll have some clarity after the game. Expect Yogi Ferrell and J.J. Barea to log heavy minutes Friday in a great matchup.
Oct 20 - 7:33 PM

Devin Harris (personal) will not play on Friday against the Kings.

Our thoughts are with Devin after his brother passed away in a car crash, and coach Rick Carlisle feels the same. "He can take as long as he needs," coach Rick Carlisle said. With him out, there should be more minutes going to the wings after Harris played all SG on Wednesday.
Oct 20 - 7:00 PM

The availability of Devin Harris (personal) is uncertain for Friday's game vs. the Kings.

Harris' older brother was tragically killed in a car accident Thursday morning. Per reporter Earl Sneed: "Out of respect for Devin Harris and his family, the Mavs will not be making a statement or expecting Harris back until he's ready to return." Harris scored 10 points in 16 minutes off the Mavs bench on Wednesday. If Harris does not play, Yogi Ferrell and J.J. Barea would see additional playing time.
Oct 20 - 1:07 PM

Dennis Smith scored 16 points with three rebounds, 10 assists and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Hawks during a 117-111 loss on Wednesday.

He did have to go to the locker room for an ankle issue, but he looked fine after being re-taped. Smith Jr. is the youngest player ever to have a points/assists double-double in his career debut since Jason Kidd. He had the ball in his hands a lot and the Mavs do look to be upping their tempo to give them more possessions. He's a great bet for Rookie of the Year.
Oct 19 - 12:58 AM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 10 points with six rebounds and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday.

That's a shade down from his 26.4 minutes per game last year, but now he has a strong backup in Nerlens Noel. Nowitzki didn't close this game out and said he was flat late in the game. "Dwight [Powell] had a better chance [of succeeding late]," Nowitzki said. He probably won't play more than his 26 minutes per game last year, but he should still be owned in almost all leagues.
Oct 19 - 12:52 AM

Harrison Barnes made 3-of-13 from the field for 14 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and two turnovers in 38 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday.

Besides the bad shooting line, the big takeaway is Barnes missing six attempts from deep and he even went 8-of-9 from the line. He only had one game with six attempts from deep or more, so this could be sometime to watch for one of the league's most iso-dependent scorers out there. His usage could take a slight dip with Dennis Smith Jr. around, but he should still be viewed as a must-start in all leagues.
Oct 19 - 12:48 AM

J.J. Barea scored 13 points with three rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers in 18 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday.

He'll be stepping up a little more with Seth Curry (leg) out, but he's had a tough time staying healthy. In other words, the Mavs probably won't be extending his minutes unless he gets really hot.
Oct 19 - 12:39 AM

Nerlens Noel made 6-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line for 16 points with 11 rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 20 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday.

He made the most of his minutes and took advantage of a weaker Hawks second unit. The Mavs do seem committed to playing Dirk Nowitzki at center, so Noel may be hanging around 20 minutes most nights -- Noel and Dirk played together for 4.4 minutes tonight. As this line shows, he should be just fine as a strong start. He'll have a tough time matching this line, but keep him rolling.
Oct 19 - 12:37 AM


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