11:10 PM EDT, Mon October 15, 2018
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Mavs' Dennis Smith Jr. has 2 points of emphasis this season. One is measurable, the other is a bit more subjective.

Mavs' Dennis Smith Jr. has 2 points of emphasis this season. One is measurable, the other is a bit more subjective.

Dennis Smith Jr. is 20.He's from Fayetteville, N.C., which could have its city limit sign next to the "southern hospitality" entry in Webster's unabridged.On a sports team with a 40-year-old legend and lots of other veterans, his age and background don't lend themselves to Smith being a take-charge, kick-butt leader.And yet, here he is."When he talks, people listen," coach Rick Carlisle said. "He's not a guy that's going to give you a lot of unnecessary constant chatter. But he understands when to step forward and be strong as a leader verbally."Smith will embark on his second NBA season...
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NBA 2018-19 season predictions: Can the Mavs make the playoffs in a loaded Western Conference?

NBA 2018-19 season predictions: Can the Mavs make the playoffs in a loaded Western Conference?

With the NBA season starting on Tuesday, SportsDay's Eddie Sefko made his predictions on how the 2018-19 season will shape up and where the Mavs fit into the loaded Western Conference. Western Conference Rockets.......They take the regular season more seriously than Warriors this year. Warriors......They won't need home court throughout to rule the playoffs. Lakers.........LeBron is good enough to drag them to a home-court advantage. Thunder.......Still don't like their mix of players, but they do have lots of talent. Jazz............If Rudy Gobert stays healthy throughout, they could rise...
Oct 14, 2018
Why shooting longer 3-pointers may yield more rewards for Mavs

Why shooting longer 3-pointers may yield more rewards for Mavs

After the Mavericks had wrapped up a robust practice Sunday morning, rookie Ryan Broekhoff was shooting baskets from beyond the 3-point arc.Way beyond the 3-point arc.He was knocking down three out of five from about two good-sized steps beyond the arc - about 28 feet from the basket.It’s the next generation of NBA shooting, although this is not where no man has gone before. Steph Curry and others have proven that the 25- to 35-foot shot is no longer taboo.“We have all our guys doing it,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “Everybody’s working on longer threes. It helps space the floor even...
Oct 14, 2018
Mavericks aiming for Barnes to return to practice later this week

Mavericks aiming for Barnes to return to practice later this week

Harrison Barnes, sidelined with a strained right hamstring for the past three weeks, will not play in the Mavericks' season opener on Wednesday, but coach Rick Carlisle said the leading scorer from the past two seasons could be available soon after that."He is gradually increasing his workouts, Carlisle said. "We're going to shoot for a full live practice by the end of the week. That's where we are."After going to Phoenix on Wednesday, the Mavericks don't play again until their home opener on Saturday against Minnesota.If Barnes makes it through a practice without incident, he could play on...
Oct 14, 2018
What will it take for the Mavericks to reach the playoffs? Keep an eye on these key over/unders

What will it take for the Mavericks to reach the playoffs? Keep an eye on these key over/unders

With the Mavericks' season opening on Wednesday, the hope inside the organization is that this team has survived the bleak days and that good times are ahead.They have more talent than they have in recent seasons. So, it's reasonable to expect an uptick in their record, which included just 57 wins and 107 losses the last two seasons.What has to happen to make a playoff push possible?Here, we'll examine the key numbers for each of the Mavericks' rotation players -- numbers that they must hit or exceed if the team is to achieve a new level of success compared with the last two seasons.Harrison...
Oct 13, 2018
Meet the future: What 2018-19 means for a Dallas Mavericks team suddenly brimming with hope

Meet the future: What 2018-19 means for a Dallas Mavericks team suddenly brimming with hope

Two years ago, the Mavericks' promising rookie was Yogi Ferrell. Their center was Andrew Bogut. Their point guard was a creeping-up-in-age Deron Williams, and Harrison Barnes was a complete unknown who was getting paid bazillions.Nothing against any of those former Mavericks (and certainly Barnes has turned out just fine), but at that time it looked like a long, dark, lonely existence was awaiting Mavericks fans.And, truth be told, those next two seasons did seem to last forever.And yet, here we are.For the first time in at least three falls, maybe longer, hope legitimately springs...
Oct 12, 2018
DeAndre Jordan turns in flawless stat line as Mavericks close out preseason with loss to Hornets

DeAndre Jordan turns in flawless stat line as Mavericks close out preseason with loss to Hornets

The Mavericks closed out the preseason with a 123-118 loss to the Charlotte Hornets at American Airlines Center on Friday.They finished the exhibition season with a 2-2 record, including 1-2 against NBA teams. They also had a win over the Beijing Ducks.Carlisle, working around an assortment of injuries, played his starting five extensively in the final preparation for Wednesday's season opener at Phoenix. Four of the five starters were at least plus-18 while they were on the court.The fifth, DeAndre Jordan, who missed the two games against Philadelphia in China, had a flawless statistical...
Oct 11, 2018
Why you shouldn’t underestimate effects of China hangover on Mavericks’ season start

Why you shouldn’t underestimate effects of China hangover on Mavericks’ season start

J.J. Barea, among others, has stressed that beyond anything else, the Mavericks have to get off to a good start this season."If we start bad again, it's just downhill," Barea said Thursday. "The start has to be awesome - at least .500."Compared to the last two seasons, when the Mavericks started out 2-13 and 2-14, .500 would be awesome.And they have to overcome some challenging factors, most notably recovering from two preseason games in China against Philadelphia. The travel demands of that trip cannot be overlooked. On Thursday at least two players, several basketball staffers and others...
Oct 11, 2018
With a bug making the rounds, Mavericks may yet feel impact of China trip, as others have in the past

With a bug making the rounds, Mavericks may yet feel impact of China trip, as others have in the past

Some fallout from the China trip has begun as the Mavericks were shorthanded at Thursday's practice because of a nasty bug that is making the rounds on the team.Players Ryan Broekhoff and Kostas Antetokounmpo, plus several staffers, missed the workout. Assistant coach Stephen Silas also was out, as was assistant athletic trainer Dionne Calhoun. In addition, four or five other members of the traveling party to China have come up ill."We're going to hope those guys are better tomorrow," coach Rick Carlisle said. "If they're not, we'll play with the guys we got and go from there."We're all...
Oct 11, 2018
Eddie Sefko answers Mavericks questions at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 16; ask yours now

Eddie Sefko answers Mavericks questions at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 16; ask yours now

Eddie Sefko, Mavericks beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answers your questions about the team in a live chat at 10 a.m. Tuesday.Ask your questions by signing into the Scribblelive module below and he will have them for consideration.
Oct 10, 2018
Are playoffs a realistic goal for Mavericks in wild Western Conference? DeAndre Jordan thinking more than No. 8 seed

Are playoffs a realistic goal for Mavericks in wild Western Conference? DeAndre Jordan thinking more than No. 8 seed

Prevailing wisdom says the NBA's Western Conference is a beast.Does that mean the Mavericks have at least a remote shot at being beast-like -- or maybe beast-light -- this season?If you ask DeAndre Jordan, and to a lesser degree coach Rick Carlisle, the answer is yes. But consider it a tactical yes. Much has to happen if these Mavericks are to develop into a playoff-worthy team in the short term.On Wednesday, TNT analyst Reggie Miller said he has the Mavericks as his surprise playoff team in the West.Jordan essentially said that's not exactly what he considers to be a favorable...
Oct 10, 2018
Will Harrison Barnes be ready for the Mavericks' season opener?

Will Harrison Barnes be ready for the Mavericks' season opener?

Harrison Barnes has yet to start running as he recovers from a hamstring strain and his status for the regular-season opener Oct. 17 at Phoenix is in doubt, coach Rick Carlisle said."He's improving - very light court work, but no running," Carlisle said after a brisk two-hour-plus workout Wednesday. "So we'll see. His availability for opening night is going to depend on whether he can get some significant live practice in before then. And we just don't know right now."Barnes has been out since the first week of training camp when he sustained the injury. The 6-8 forward who has led the...
Oct 10, 2018
Early impressions of Mavericks rookies Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson and Kostas Antetokounmpo

Early impressions of Mavericks rookies Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson and Kostas Antetokounmpo

Eddie Sefko, Mavericks beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the team during a live chat Tuesday. Here are some highlights:Question: How much floor time will Jalen Brunson see in his rookie season with the Mavs' stacked backcourt?Eddie Sefko: It'll be hard, but if you've watched any of the preseason games, it's clear that he's further along than most rookies because he stayed in college so long and has played at such a high level. Two championships in three years means he's gotten loads of experience in pressure situations and he's not going to...
Oct 9, 2018
Sorting out the Mavericks' roster spots: Where do the fringe guys fit in?

Sorting out the Mavericks' roster spots: Where do the fringe guys fit in?

Eddie Sefko, Mavericks beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the team during a live chat Tuesday. Here are some highlights:Question: Going into the last year of Wesley Matthews' contract, how likely is it that he comes back next season?Eddie Sefko: I'd say it's a fair bet. But next summer is going to be a beast with free agency. Tons of high-level players and lots of money for most teams to spend. Matthews would be a great addition for one of the teams that has championship aspirations. But the Mavericks love what he brings on the court and in...
Oct 9, 2018
The hard part of the Dallas Mavericks' rebuild is over

The hard part of the Dallas Mavericks' rebuild is over

Eddie Sefko, Mavericks beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the team during a live chat Tuesday. Here are some highlights:Question: How serious is the Barnes hamstring injury? Do you see him missing the start of the season, and if so, how bad is this for the Mavs trying to get off to a good start for once?Eddie Sefko: It was a little tough to get information while in China. Carlisle was a bit cryptic when talking about Barnes, saying that the team is leaning heavily on Mother Nature. That doesn't sound good. But when I saw Barnes before the...

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