Player News - Mavericks

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Monta Ellis denied that his hip injury has been a factor in his recent shooting slump.

"My hip is not a factor," Ellis said while walking briskly to the team bus after the Mavs' 94-75 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday. While Ellis may not want to admit it, his numbers have dipped since suffering his hip injury back in early February, averaging just 15.6 points, 3.6 assists, and 0.5 three-pointers per game on 38.2 percent shooting since the break. Fantasy owners will just have to hope he gets things back on track soon.
Source: ESPN
Mar 6 - 9:37 AM

The x-rays taken on Devin Harris' right hand following Thursday's game vs. the Blazers came back clean, and he has been diagnosed with a bruise on the top side of his hand between the thumb and index finger.

"I was dribbling under the basket and [Robin] Lopez kind of took a whack at the ball and hit me in an awkward spot," Harris said. "There’s a little bit of pain. I can’t really move it." We'll be considering Harris on the doubtful side of the questionable tag for Friday's game against the Warriors, and if he is indeed unable to go, there will be more minutes for J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton. Stay tuned.
Mar 6 - 8:42 AM

Devin Harris hurt his right hand on Thursday and is getting X-rays.

The injury occurred late in the game and hopefully Harris is going to be OK. If he does need to miss time, J.J. Barea and maybe Raymond Felton would get more playing time. There's no need to make a speculative add, though. Harris finished with seven points, three rebounds and two steals on Thursday.
Mar 6 - 1:31 AM

Dirk Nowitzki looked a little tired against the Blazers on Thursday during a 94-75 loss with 10 points on 5-of-13 from the field, adding four rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes.

He just doesn't look right. In his last five, Nowitzki made just 41.5 percent from the field for averages of 13.2 points, 6.4 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.4 treys. Owner Mark Cuban has said before he's totally fine with resting guys, so there is a very good chance Dirk sits in a road game at Golden State tomorrow. His owners will have to check back.
Mar 6 - 1:02 AM

Tyson Chandler returned from a hip injury on Thursday with four points, 14 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 28 minutes.

He looked fine despite having one of his worst shooting games, making 1-of-4 from the field. It's a good sign to see Chandler already close to 30 minutes after missing three games, so he should have a better performance against the Warriors on Friday.
Mar 6 - 12:59 AM

Rajon Rondo flirted with a triple-double against the Blazers on Thursday with 10 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, one steal and four turnovers no 5-of-13 from the field.

He hit a couple jumpers in the fourth quarter and perhaps the Dallas shooting coach is helping him there. Rondo is going to be a huge reclamation project and made just 30.8 percent of his mid-range shots before tonight this season. His fantasy owners have to be hoping better lines are on the way.
Mar 6 - 12:57 AM

Tyson Chandler (hip) will start against the Blazers on Thursday.

He was expected to play yesterday and he should be ready to go for a full amount of minutes. The Mavs have been getting cute with their lineups without Chandler, but they finally get their anchor back on defense. Al-Farouq Aminu should still get a lot of Chandler Parsons' minutes even though Richard Jefferson is starting.
Mar 5 - 10:26 PM

Updating a previous report, Tyson Chandler (hip) will play Thursday vs. the Trail Blazers.

Chandler has been sidelined for the past two games, but he'll return to the starting lineup tonight for what should be an exciting uptempo game against Portland. Bernard James will head back to the bench with this news, and his demotion to the second unit will make him a non-factor in nearly all leagues. Get Tyson active.
Mar 5 - 3:54 PM

Chandler Parsons (ankle) will remain sidelined for at least two more games.

That means Parsons will be unavailable for Thursday's game vs. the Trail Blazers, as well as Friday's matchup with the Warriors. He did however say that he is hopeful to suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers, so we'll be considering him questionable for that one. With Parsons sidelined, Richard Jefferson will continue to start with Al-Farouq Aminu seeing extended minutes off the bench.

Tyson Chandler (hip) went through shootaround this morning, and he remains probable for Thursday's game vs. Portland.

Head coach Rick Carlisle said "it's looking good," for Chandler suiting up for tonight's game, a move that will send Bernard James back to the bench and to irrelevancy in most leagues. Go ahead and get Chandler in your active lineups.
Mar 5 - 2:46 PM

Tyson Chandler (hip) is probable to play against the Blazers on Thursday.

He needed three games to get over his hip injury and should be ready to go. Chandler's numbers fell off a tad in February, averaging 10.1 points, 10.8 boards and 0.8 blocks in 29.4 minutes per game. He should be a good bet for a double-double in an up-tempo game on Thursday. Bernard James will move to the bench and may not play at all.
Mar 4 - 3:51 PM

Chandler Parsons (ankle) will not play against the Blazers on Thursday.

He did travel with the team for their upcoming three-game trip, but he is likely doubtful to play in any of them considering they're already ruling him out for Thursday. With Parsons out, Al-Farouq Aminu is finally starting to step up and is worth a look in standard leagues for short-term value. In his last two, he averaged 7.0 points, 2.5 boards 1.0 blocks, 1.0 treys and 4.0 steals. Parsons is still worth owning in standard leagues.
Mar 4 - 3:42 PM

Monta Ellis will reportedly opt out of his contract this summer in order to pursue a multi-year deal in free agency.

He is boasting averages of 19.4 points, 4.4 assists, 2.4 boards, 1.9 steals and 1.2 3-pointers per game this season and is one of the most durable players in the league, so Ellis will surely generate a ton of interest around the NBA this summer. The Mavericks will surely do everything they can to keep Ellis in Dallas, as he has arguably surpassed Dirk Nowitzki as the team's best player this season.
Mar 4 - 9:53 AM

Ricky Ledo has joined the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League.

He was recently waived by the Mavericks when they signed Amare Stoudemire, but Ledo will have to prove his worth once again in the D-League in order to earn another shot in the NBA. Ledo has a lot of potential, but he likely won't have any fantasy value this season. Leave him on the wire.
Mar 4 - 9:44 AM

Chandler Parsons (ankle) will travel with the Mavs on their upcoming three-game road trip.

Parsons will be traveling with the team, but head coach Rick Carlisle said he's unsure of his availability for Thursday's game vs. the Trail Blazers. We'll be considering him questionable, and if he's unable to go, Richard Jefferson will have another game with the starting unit.
Mar 3 - 3:13 PM


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