October 9, 2020, 5:37 pmKristaps PorzingisPF-C, Dallas Mavericks
The Mavs have announced that Kristaps Porzingis has undergone right knee surgery.
The procedure was to address the lateral meniscus tear Porzingis suffered in his right knee. He initially hit the sidelines for right knee soreness back on August 23. There is currently no timetable for his return, so KP's health will once again be an offseason storyline to track. He managed to avoid serious load management last year despite coming off an ACL tear, missing only games in back-to-back situations, but Dallas may play it more carefully going forward as the injuries stack up.
Source: Mavs PR on Twitter
October 8, 2020, 3:50 pmDwight PowellPF, Dallas Mavericks
Dwight Powell informed the media on Thursday that he currently has no limitations while he continues to rehab from a torn right Achilles and he would be ready for pick-up games at the team's facility if they were allowed.
Powell went on to say, "Rehab is going well. I've been saying everything's on schedule, but now it's kind of a moot point. We don't really know when we're going to get going again." The team's facility is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it is unclear when they will be able to re-open so fans will have to wait until they get official word that he is scrimmaging. Due to the expected start date of the 2020-21 season in late January, Powell has an opportunity to play in more games next season than initially expected when the injury occurred in January of 2020.
Source: Callie Caplan on Twitter
September 26, 2020, 1:03 pmMontrezl HarrellPF, Los Angeles Clippers
According to Sam Amico of Sports Illustrated, the Mavs are expected to have interest in Montrezl Harrell this offseason, as will the Raptors, Bulls and Knicks.
The Clippers, as has been reported elsewhere already, are also expected to be interested in continuing their current relationship with Harrell. The bubble was generally unkind to the Sixth Man of the Year as he was repeatedly attacked on defense, but his energy and efficient offensive game are standout facets. It should also be noted that Harrell missed a huge chunk of the Orlando session while away for personal matters and may not have been operating at full strength. One thing is for certain, however — even with a poor postseason showing, Harrell's due for a big raise over last season's $6 million salary.
Source: Sports Illustrated
September 16, 2020, 3:48 pmLuka DoncicPG-SF, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Dončić joined LeBron James, Anthony Davis, James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo on the 2019-20 All-NBA First Team.
Luka became the youngest player to be selected to the First Team since Tim Duncan, an impressive feat by the Slovenian phenom. The Greek Freak gets his second nod at First Team while Harden achieved this for the sixth time. The list is rounded out by two Lakers, LeBron and Davis, who earned their 13th and fourth selections to the First-Team respectively. The Lakers' forwards also become the first duo on the same team to be on the First-Team since Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire in 2006-07.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
September 2, 2020, 2:25 pmLuka DoncicPG-SF, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic was fined $15,000 for throwing the ball at the legs of a referee during Sunday's Game 6 loss to the Clippers.
Even though the Mavs have been eliminated, it was an eventful game for Doncic. Earlier in the contest, he drew a flagrant foul that resulted in the ejection of Marcus Morris. Doncic ended the day with 38 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
August 30, 2020, 6:40 pmLuka DoncicPG-SF, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic was terrific yet again in Sunday's 97-111 loss to the Clippers, scoring 38 points to go with nine rebounds, nine assists, a steal, four triples and a 15-of-28 mark from the field.
Doncic had the team on his back pretty much all series and tried his damnedest to erase a big deficit today, turning a blowout into an interesting game in the early stages of the fourth quarter. That he was able to do all of this on a sprained ankle, without Kristaps Porzingis, remains remarkable, and the best is still yet to come from the young phenom. If there was one sore spot it was Doncic's work at the line as he went just 4-of-8 today and 42-for-64 in the series. He's going to be a high-volume FT player for years to come and it might be the thing that keeps him out of truly elite fantasy value. Doncic hit .758 at the stripe this past season after going .713 as a rookie, and any more wild swings in efficiency are going to have a big impact on his fantasy ranking. You're splitting hairs when it comes to the top-20 or so, so even mediocre percentages on Doncic's volume have a chance to sink ROI if the price gets too steep.
August 30, 2020, 6:35 pmTrey BurkePG, Dallas Mavericks
Trey Burke (left ankle sprain) produced six points (2-of-10 FG), nine rebounds and two steals in Sunday's Game 6 loss to the Clippers.
Burke's season ends on a sour note but he was one of the best stories of the bubble, spending five months without a team before emerging as a critical part of the Mavs rotation. He's almost certainly earned himself an NBA gig next year with his showing, so despite the early playoff exit it was a very successful month for Burke.
August 30, 2020, 6:34 pmTim Hardaway Jr.SF, Dallas Mavericks
Tim Hardaway Jr. (neck strain) shot just 4-for-15 in Sunday's season-ending loss to the Clippers, scoring 10 points with two triples.
Hardaway was a team-worst minus-31 in his 33 minutes today, and the Mavs just couldn't survive the loss of Kristaps Porzingis with THJ failing to shoulder more of the scoring load. The streaky shooter disappeared when Dallas needed him most today, but toppling the Clippers would've been a tall task even if Hardaway was on point.
August 30, 2020, 6:32 pmDorian Finney-SmithSF, Dallas Mavericks
Dorian Finney-Smith battled through hip injuries to tally 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and two threes in Sunday's loss to the Clippers.
Finney-Smith went 6-for-11 from the field and closed the books on a nice season, even if it didn't end how Dallas would've liked. He is an integral part of the Mavs and plays a wide variety of roles for Rick Carlisle. We'll see what improvements DFS can make in the offseason.
August 30, 2020, 2:03 pmLuka DoncicPG-SF, Dallas Mavericks
The Mavs will have their full complement of players available on Sunday, with Luka Doncic (left ankle sprain), Tim Hardaway Jr. (neck strain), Dorian Finney-Smith (hip soreness/strain) and Trey Burke (left ankle sprain) all ready for Game 6 against the Clippers.
It was a bit surprising to see this quartet listed as questionable yesterday since they were all previously probable or not on the injury report at all before the league stopped for a couple days, but you can bet they'll be going full tilt in a win-or-go-home situation today.
Source: Mavs PR on Twitter
August 29, 2020, 2:57 pmKristaps PorzingisPF-C, Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps Porzingis (right knee meniscus tear) is not ruling out a return in the current playoffs.
To be clear, even if the Mavs do somehow fight off elimination and advance, a return from Porzingis would still be very unlikely. He tried see where he was at during practice on Saturday and said it did not go well. Maxi Kleber and Boban Marjanovic will continue holding down the five spot for now.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
August 29, 2020, 12:57 pmLuka DoncicPG-SF, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic (left ankle sprain) remains listed as questionable ahead of Game 6 against the Clippers on Sunday.
There is no update on Doncic but the three extra days should have helped. With the Mavs in a do-or-die situation, he will surely try his best to get cleared. With Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke and Dorian Finney-Smith also listed as questionable, it is too early to guess as to what the Mavs lineup may look like on Sunday if Doncic does not play. On a side note, he is averaging a casual 29.6 points, 10.0 rebounds and 8.6 assists through the first five games of the series.
August 29, 2020, 12:48 pmDorian Finney-SmithSF, Dallas Mavericks
Dorrian Finney-Smith (left hip strain/right hip soreness) remains listed as questionable ahead of the rescheduled Game 6 on Sunday.
There is no new info on Finney-Smith as he has played in all five playoff games so far with 9.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.8 triples in 30.8 minutes with a 41.5 field goal percentage. The Mavs are already short up front with Kristaps Porzingis out and if Finney-Smith cannot go, expect Maxi Kleber, Boban Marjanovic and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to all get more minutes.
August 29, 2020, 12:41 pmTrey BurkePG, Dallas Mavericks
Trey Burke (left ankle sprain) remains listed as questionable ahead of Game 6 on Sunday.
Burke played through the ankle sprain last game and the three extra days off should have likely helped his cause. He was bumped into the starting lineup over the last two games with Kristaps Porzingis out and has delivered 20.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 3.0 triples in 33.3 minutes over those two games. He may be expected to do even more on offense if Tim Hardaway Jr. (neck/questionable) is held out.
August 29, 2020, 10:45 amTim Hardaway Jr.SF, Dallas Mavericks
Tim Hardaway Jr. (cervical strain) is questionable for Game 6 on Sunday.
Hardaway is having a having a strong series thus far with 19.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.4 turnovers and 3.4 triples with a 45/40/73 shooting line after five games. He is be expected to take on a bigger offensive load with Kristaps Porzingis out and if he cannot go, the Mavs will look to Seth Curry and Trey Burke for that extra scoring punch.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter