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Dallas Mavericks F/C Kristaps Porzingis underwent surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Porzingis amazingly played two additional games in the Mavs first-round series against the Clippers after tearing his meniscus in Game 1. Through three games of the first-round, Porzingis averaged 23.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in 31.3 minutes per game while shooting 52.5 percent (21-40 FGs) from the field, and 52.9 percent (9-17 3PT) from beyond the arc. There is no timetable for his return, and with the start of the 2020-2021 season still TBD, Porzingis may have some additional time to rehab before the official start of training camp next season.

Category: Injury Updates, Rumors

Dallas Mavericks PG Luka Doncic earned 2019-2020 All-NBA first-team honors. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: The second-year player had a phenomenal season, averaging 28.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 1.0 steal, and 2.8 three's per contest while shooting 46% from the field and 32% from three across 61 games. Doncic led the NBA in triple-doubles with 17 and also earned All-Bubble first-team honors to close out the regular season. Fantasy players should feel confident selecting him within the first three picks next season.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

Mavericks F Dorian Finney-Smith (hip) will play Game 5 Tuesday after being listed as questionable. (Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Finney-Smith has done a fantastic job locking up Paul George on the defensive end as his primary defender, so this is big news for the Mavericks. He won’t give you much on the offensive end, but he could pick up a couple steals, blocks, and boards.

Category: Injury Updates

Tim Hardaway Jr. amassed 21 points (8-18 FG, 3-8 3PT, 2-3 FT), five rebounds, and one assist in Sunday's Game 4 win over the Cippers.

Fantasy Impact: Hardaway has scored 17-plus in each of the four matchups in this series after averaging 15.8 during the regular season. It's good to see the seventh-year vet stepping up in the playoffs. He has yet to play less than 35 minutes in a game so far in the playoffs so his volume and opportunity make him an intriguing DFS play.

Category: Game Recaps

Trey Burke stuffed the statsheet on Wednesday with 16 points (7-11 FG, 0-1 3PT, 2-4 FT), three rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block in a Game 2 win against the Clippers.

Fantasy Impact: Burke was pulled from the Game 1 matchup with a sprained ankle and his status for Wednesday was up in the air. He was able to take the court and ended up with his third best scoring performance since entering the bubble while logging a stat in ever category. He should be ready for Friday's Game 3 matchup.

Category: Game Recaps

Seth Curry logged 15 points (6-9 FG, 1-3 3PT, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, and three assists in Wednesday's Game 2 win over the Clippers.

Fantasy Impact: Curry has exceeded his season point average in five of his eight games since entering the bubble. He's also been very efficient, shooting 42.9% from downtown over that stretch.

Category: Game Recaps

Maxi Kleber logged four points (2-5 FG, 0-2 3PT), 10 rebounds, three assists, and one block in Wednesday's 127-114 win over the Clippers.

Fantasy Impact: Kleber had his most rebounds in a game since entering the bubble but has failed to record double-digit scoring in three straight outings. He's averaging 9.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game this season and is pretty far from fantasy relevance.

Category: Game Recaps

Boban Marjanovic got the start for a resting Kristaps Porzingis Thursday and scored 18 points on 9-of-14 shooting, to go along with a career-high 20 rebounds, three assists, and three turnovers.

Fantasy Impact: Free Boban! When he starts, and faces off against a team with a traditional big man, he becomes an unstoppable force. He's now put up 20 and nine and 18 and 20 in two starts since play resumed. Dallas draws a first round matchup against the Clippers, who do have a traditional center in Ivica Zubac, so Marjanovic could see some run off the bench, but don't expect him to play heavy minutes once the playoffs begin.

Category: Game Recaps

J.J. Barea started for the resting Luka Doncic and didn't disappoint in 26 minutes. He scored 18 points (7-13 FG, 2-4 3PT, 2-2 FT) with two rebounds, eight assists, and two turnovers in a 122-114 win over the Jazz.

Fantasy Impact: Barea hadn't been getting very many minutes since play resumed, but he made the most of his 26 minutes tonight in place of Doncic. On the year, he's averaging just 7.2 points and 3.7 assists in 15 minutes per game, and he's likely headed back to the bench when the Mavericks take on the Trail Blazers Tuesday.

Category: Game Recaps

In just 15 minutes played, Delon Wright was only able to produce five points, two rebounds, and one assist. Trey Burke, who scored 31 points, saw the majority of back court minutes off the bench.

Fantasy Impact: Wright, is rarely going to jump of the stat sheet, but can often be a sneaky value play in daily fantasy. Wright saw a surprisingly low amount of minutes for a game that went into overtime, which could have been caused by the success that Burke was having. Wright could has had some success on this Dallas team, but if Burke continues to shine, there will not be enough playing time for Wright in the back court.

Category: Game Recaps

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been ruled out of the Mavericks' game on Friday against the Houston Rockets. Kidd-Gilchrist was a late arrival to the Orlando bubble and is not yet in game condition according to head coach Rick Carlisle. (Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kidd-Gilchrist has yet to be relevant in fantasy for the majority of the Mavericks' games. Kidd-Gilchrist did not have much of a role for Dallas, but he could be in line for more minutes as both Willie Cauley-Stein and Dwight Powell are out for the remainder of the season. Kidd-Gilchrist should return to the Mavericks lineup soon and could have a productive fantasy role moving forward.

Sixers newly-acquired F Ryan Broekhoff took to Twitter on Sunday to explain the reason he did not travel to Orlando with the team. He stated his wife, who is of the high-risk population, tested positive for coronavirus and they have a young son at home. (Source: Ryan Broekhoff on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Broekhoff signed with Philadelphia a couple weeks ago and was supposed to join the team for the remainder of the season. Now we know why he didn’t make it to Orlando with the team, as he’s attending to his wife and son after his wife tested positive for coronavirus. In his tweet, Broekhoff thanked the organization for their support. He’s not likely to join the team this season and it remains to be seen where he ends up next season.

Dwight Powell is set to travel to Orlando with the team this July despite not being able to play. Powell, who had surgery five months ago to repair his ruptured Achilles tendon, has recently begun light court activities. (Source: Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News)

Fantasy Impact: In commenting on the decision to bring Powell, coach Rick Carlisle said that he is “a guy whose enthusiasm is going to be unwavering no matter what. It’s important that he be down there with us.” Powell was enjoying a productive season before getting injured as he averaged 9.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, .9 steals, and .6 blocks per game. He is expected to be ready for the start of the 2020-21 season.

Category: Injury Updates

Speaking Wednesday, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle mentioned that Jalen Brunson (torn labrum) "is doing pretty much everything," but the strength level in his shoulder is what's keeping him a couple months away from playing." (Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although Brunson has already been ruled out for the remainder of the 2019-2020 campaign, it sounds like he is making good progress in his recovery from a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Despite being ruled out, the second-year pro will travel with his team for the Orlando restart and all signs point to him being ready for the start of the 2020-2021 season.

Category: Injury Updates

Mavericks F/C Willie Cauley-Stein has decided to sit out the remainder of the 2019-20 season in Orlando. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cauley-Stein and his partner are expecting a newborn child in July, so he’s decided to sit out the NBA restart in Walt Disney World. The Mavericks will be shorthanded in the front court, and will run out a rotation of Kristaps Porzingis, Maxi Kleber, and Boban Marjanovich.

Category: Injury Updates

The Dallas Mavericks have no plans to waive G Courtney Lee after he suffered a calf injury that required season-ending surgery during quarantine. (Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sources say that Lee is a vital member of the Mavericks locker room and is highly respected by the entire team, most notably Luka Doncic. It would make sense for Lee to travel down to Orlando with the team even if he can’t play to act as a mentor/coach given the unique basketball environment the season will resume in. Lee has certainly made his way around the NBA, playing for eight teams in 12 seasons, but it looks like he’s sticking with the Mavericks at least for now as they go into the stretch run of the 2019-20 season.

Category: Injury Updates