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Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving scores 31 points vs. Clippers
Sun, Apr 21, 2024, 12:31 PM
Kyrie Irving racked up 31 points (10-of-18 FGs and 8-of-9 from the free throw line) alongside seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, and three 3-pointers.
Analysis: Irving only trailed Luka Doncic in points in Game 1. The Mavericks' dynamic duo thrived but lacked support because of underwhelming performances from role players. Both stars should take on heavy workloads moving forward.
Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic posts double-double vs. Clippers
Sun, Apr 21, 2024, 12:20 PM
Luka Doncic scored a game-high 33 points (11-of-26 FGs and 7-of-8 from the free throw line) to go along with 13 rebounds, six assists, and a steal. He sank four 3-pointers.
Analysis: Doncic struggled to score early on but picked things up when the Mavericks made a second-half run. His team's shooting woes impacted his assist numbers against the Kawhi Leonard-less Clippers, but he was the most productive player on the court.
Tim Hardaway
Tim Hardaway Jr. active Sunday vs. Clippers
Sun, Apr 21, 2024, 8:14 AM
NBA injury report
Tim Hardaway Jr. is listed as active for the Mavericks' Sunday matchup with the Clippers.
Analysis: Hardaway was initially questionable because of an illness but appears to have cleared it ahead of his team's first game of the playoffs. It's unclear whether he'll be asked to take on his usual workload, but Dante Exum and Josh Green will play more than usual if he's limited.
Maxi Kleber
Maxi Kleber (back) available Sunday vs. Clippers
Sat, Apr 20, 2024, 12:53 PM
NBA Injury Report
Maxi Kleber (low back spasms) is not on the injury report for Sunday's game against the Clippers.
Analysis: Kleber is available for Sunday's series opener, but his return coincides with Dereck Lively II's. Both will be in the rotation, but the rookie has been ahead of Kleber in the pecking order on most nights. Daniel Gafford remains the starting center for the Mavericks.
Dereck Lively
Dereck Lively II (knee) absent from injury report
Sat, Apr 20, 2024, 12:47 PM
NBA Injury Report
Dereck Lively II (right knee sprain) is not on the injury report for Sunday's game against the Clippers.
Analysis: Lively is available after missing Dallas' final eight games of the regular season. Daniel Gafford remains the starting center, while Lively's return means fewer minutes for Maxi Kleber. Kleber wasn't a player worth slotting into DFS lineups when the rookie was out, so nothing changes.
Tim Hardaway
Tim Hardaway Jr. (illness) questionable Sunday
Sat, Apr 20, 2024, 12:41 PM
NBA Injury Report
Tim Hardaway Jr. (illness) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Clippers.
Analysis: Hardaway did not practice on Friday, hence his presence on the Mavericks' initial injury report. Should he not play in Sunday's series opener, fellow reserves Dante Exum and Josh Green would absorb the available minutes.
Dereck Lively
Dereck Lively (knee) probable Sunday vs. Clippers
Fri, Apr 19, 2024, 11:18 AM
NBA injury report
Dereck Lively (right knee sprain) is listed as probable for the Mavericks' Sunday matchup against the Clippers.
Analysis: Lively missed the Mavericks' last eight games in the regular season but could return to the rotation on Sunday. The rookie big man has been trending in the right direction and has a good chance to make his playoff debut over the weekend.
Dereck Lively
Kidd: Dereck Lively ‘trending in right direction'
Fri, Apr 19, 2024, 7:22 AM
Brad Townsend on X
Dereck Lively II (right knee) is “trending in the right direction” to play in Game 1 against the Clippers on Sunday.
Analysis: Livwly missed the final couple of weeks of the regular season, but there is a chance that he is available to play in Game 1 against the Clippers. If he does return to the rotation, he will play an important role off the bench and split minutes with Daniel Gafford and Maxi Kleber down low.
Tim Hardaway
Tim Hardaway Jr. (illness) misses practice Friday
Fri, Apr 19, 2024, 7:21 AM
Brad Townsend on X
Tim Hardaway Jr. (illness) missed practice on Friday but will join the team in Los Angeles for their game on Sunday.
Analysis: THJ wasn't able to practice on Friday, but he should be with the team for Game 1. If he doesn't end up suiting up, Dante Exum and Josh Green will likely see some extra minutes off the bench on the perimeter.
Olivier-Maxence Prosper
Olivier-Maxence Prosper tallies 15 points vs. OKC
Sun, Apr 14, 2024, 12:02 PM
Olivier-Maxence Prosper played 37 minutes in Sunday's loss to Oklahoma City, accumulating 15 points (5-of-14 FGs, 3-of-5 FTs), eight rebounds, one assist, and two 3-pointers.
Analysis: Prosper made his first NBA start on Sunday as Dallas sidelined its usual starters. The first-round pick out of Marquette didn't have a great afternoon shooting the basketball, but he did enough to reach double figures for the second time in as many games. While Prosper will be worth watching during Summer League to observe his progress as a player, he will not be in the rotation when the Mavericks begin their first-round series with the Clippers.
Jaden Hardy
DAL starting Hardy, THJ, Green, O-Max, Powell
Sun, Apr 14, 2024, 9:13 AM
NBA Injury Report
Jaden Hardy, Tim Hardaway Jr., Josh Green, Olivier-Maxence Prosper, and Dwight Powell will start Sunday's game against the Thunder.
Analysis: Dallas has nothing to play for in Sunday's regular-season finale, so the entire starting lineup will sit. Hardy and Hardaway offer the highest fantasy upside, although the latter's minutes could be capped after halftime. Hardy and Prosper should play plenty due to the absences and the fact that they usually aren't in the regular rotation.
P.J. Washington
PJ Washington, Derrick Jones Jr. out vs. OKC
Sat, Apr 13, 2024, 1:41 PM
NBA Injury Report
PJ Washington (right ankle sprain) and Derrick Jones Jr. (left shoulder sprain) have been ruled out for Sunday's game against Oklahoma City.
Analysis: Dallas is locked into the 5th seed in the West, so Washington and DJJ will be two of the players that they give a rest day to. Tim Hardaway Jr., Olivier Maxence-Prosper and Markieff Morris should see extra minutes in this game.
Dante Exum
Dante Exum (foot) ruled out vs. Oklahoma City
Sat, Apr 13, 2024, 1:38 PM
NBA Injury Report
Dante Exum (right foot sprain) will not play against the Thunder on Sunday.
Analysis: Exum will join Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving on the sidelined for the season finale, which will open up minutes for Josh Green, Jaden Hardy and A.J. Lawson. Exum has had an excellent bounce back season, and he will be an important piece for them in the playoffs.
Daniel Gafford
Daniel Gafford, Maxi Kleber out vs. Thunder
Sat, Apr 13, 2024, 1:36 PM
NBA Injury Report
Daniel Gafford (right elbow soreness) and Maxi Kleber (low back spasms) will not play against the Thunder on Sunday.
Analysis: Since they are locked into a first round matchup with the Clippers, Gafford and Kleber will get the day off to get healthy before the postseason beings. Dwight Powell, Alex Fudge and Markieff Morris should see extended run in this game.
Olivier-Maxence Prosper
Olivier-Maxence Prosper erupts for 16 points Fri.
Fri, Apr 12, 2024, 5:17 PM
Olivier-Maxence Propser amassed 16 points (6-of-12 FGs), six rebounds, an assist, two steals, a block, and a pair of 3-pointers in the Mavericks' game against the Pistons on Friday.
Analysis: The Mavericks rookie recorded his second-highest point total and matched a career-high in rebounds. He logged 29 minutes off the bench.
Jaden Hardy
Jaden Hardy scores season-high 25 points vs. DET
Fri, Apr 12, 2024, 5:12 PM
Jaden Hardy filled it up with 25 points (9-of-19 FGs), seven rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a pair of 3-pointers in the Mavericks' game against the Pistons on Friday.
Analysis: Hardy didn't disappoint despite coming off the bench for the undermanned Mavericks against the Pistons. He eclipsed 20 points for the first time in 2023-24 in his second-to-last regular-season outing.
Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving to miss season finale
Fri, Apr 12, 2024, 2:14 PM
Chuck Cooperstein on Twitter
Luka Doncic (left ankle soreness) and Kyrie Irving (left hamstring soreness) will not play in Sunday's season finale against the Thunder.
Analysis: Doncic and Irving were ruled out for Friday's game against the Pistons and will also sit out the regular season finale. The focus is the postseason, with the Mavericks locked into their first-round matchup (Clippers). Dallas needs two wins and two Clippers losses to jump them for the 4-seed and home-court advantage in the first round.
Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic (ankle) officially out Friday vs. DET
Fri, Apr 12, 2024, 12:59 PM
Mike Curtis on Twitter
Luka Doncic (left ankle soreness) is out for Friday's game against the Pistons.
Analysis: Mavericks coach Jason Kidd made the news official during his pregame media availability, so Dallas will be without both of its starting guards. Dante Exum, Tim Hardaway Jr., Josh Green, and Jaden Hardy will all figure more prominently within the rotation.
Luka Doncic
Stein: Luka Doncic (ankle) unlikely to play Friday
Fri, Apr 12, 2024, 12:46 PM
Marc Stein on Twitter
According to Marc Stein, Luka Doncic (left ankle soreness) is unlikely to play in Friday's game against the Pistons.
Analysis: Dallas is on track to be without its starting backcourt, as Kyrie Irving (hamstring) has already been ruled out. Dante Exum, Tim Hardaway Jr., Josh Green, and Jaden Hardy should play more minutes for the Mavericks, who are locked into their first-round playoff matchup (Clippers).
Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving out, Luka Doncic questionable Friday
Thu, Apr 11, 2024, 12:35 PM
NBA Injury Report
Kyrie Irving (left hamstring soreness) is out for Friday's game against the Pistons, and Luka Doncic (left ankle soreness) is questionable.
Analysis: The Mavericks are locked into their first-round matchup (Clippers), so fans may not see much of Irving or Doncic in the final two regular season games. The former is officially out for Friday's game, while Luka is questionable on the initial injury report. Dante Exum, Tim Hardaway Jr., Josh Green, and Jaden Hardy can absorb the available minutes.

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