Description: Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki had 20 points and six rebounds in the loss versus the Nets on Saturday.
Insight: Nowitzki was 8-of-14 from the field, hitting 40 percent from the 3-point line. Nowitzki also had two assists. He is averaging 17.7 ppg and 6.1 rpg while shooting 46.3 percent from the floor this season.
Description: Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended for one game for conduct detrimental to the team.
Insight: Apparently the organization is siding with their head coach, and that should not be much of a surprise to anyone. Rondo will miss Wednesday's game against Atlanta, but should return to starting duties upon his return.
Description: Mavericks center Tyson Chandler suffered a hip flexor injury during Tuesday's victory over the Raptors, but there is no indication that he will not play on Wednesday according to ESPN Dallas.
Insight: Chandler is also dealing with a ankle injury, so to say Chandler is banged up would be an understatement. We have further updates if the Mavericks decide not to play Chandler on Wednesday.
Description: Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle benched Rajon Rondo during the third quarter of Tuesday's game after the two had a heated argument according to RotoWorld.
Insight: Carlisle said after the game, "Emotional game and we had a difference of opinion. Once it was over, it was over. However, the fact Rondo didn't return to the game suggests the argument lingered. Rondo had four points and four assists in 18 minutes on Tuesday.
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis led the team with 20 points on Tuesday night.
Insight: He did so in a victory over the Raptors, and went 8-of-15 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the line. Ellis also managed three assists, one rebound, one 3-pointer, three steals, one block, and four turnovers.
Description: Mavericks forward Richard Jefferson started on Sunday and recorded a double-double in the victory over the Hornets.
Insight: Jefferson just barely recorded the double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. He was 3-of-8 from the field with all his made field goals being 3-pointers. He also had four assists, a steal and a block.
Description: Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons, sprained left ankle and bone bruise has been downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's game against Charlotte.
Insight: Parson's didn't return after the injury. Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu would see more minutes if Parsons is sidelined, but neither can match Parsons' averages of 15.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.4 apg.
Description: Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons turned his left ankle in Friday's game and is questionable for Sunday's game against Charlotte.
Insight: Parson's didn't return after the injury, but has a chance to play Sunday. Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu would see more minutes if Parsons is sidelined, but neither can match Parsons' averages of 15.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.4 apg.
Description: Mavericks center Tyson Chandler (ankle) was back in practice Tuesday, though he was limited.
Insight: Chandler is expected back for Thursday's game against OKC, though not at 100 percent. He's averaging 10.7 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 bpg. He was shooting 77.5 percent from the field over his last five games, but then shooting from three feet and in usually helps the percentages.
Description: Mavericks power forward Charlie Villanueva could be a one-game fantasy option Wednesday with center Tyson Chandler not expected to be available for the next game.
Insight: Villanueva posted a team-high 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting after Chandler went down on Monday. The Mavs only play one more game before the All-Star break, so this is a one-time only deal as Chandler could be ready by the time the team returns to action on Feb. 19.
Description: Mavericks center Tyson Chandler (10.9 ppg, 12.1 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 bpg) left Monday's game with an ankle injury and is doubtful for Wednesday's game against Utah, according to teammate Dirk Nowitzki.
Insight: With the All-Star breaking approaching, our guess would be the Mavericks do not push Chandler back very quickly. Dallas has one more game and then doesn't return to the floor until Thursday, Feb 19. Chandler's fantasy owners are thankful for the break and he may only miss one game.
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis left Monday's game against the LA Clippers and is doubtful for Wednesday due to a sore left hip, according to teammate Dirk Nowitzki after the game
Insight: With only one more game before the All-Star break, it's possible the team will choose to let him rest until they return to the court on Feb 19. Davin harris and J.J. barea would be in line for Ellis' minutes in that case. Ellis has been a solid fantasy option this season averaging 20.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.8 spg, so the break comes at a good time.
Description: Mavericks center Tyson Chandler left Monday's game with an ankle injury and is doubtful to return according to Mavs.com.
Insight: Chandler exited with one point and no rebounds. With the All-Star breaking approaching, our guess would be the Mavericks do not push Chandler back very quickly. Dallas has one more game versus the Jazz on Wednesday before the break.
Description: Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki has struggled a bit in the second game of back-to-backs, which is what he'll be dealing with Thursday in Sacramento.
Insight: Nowitzki is averaging 17.3 ppg in the eight times he's played in the second half of back-to-back sets this season. He's scored 14 and 11 in his last two such situations. That compares to 18.4 ppg for the other 39 games. Perhaps the 36-year old is getting tired.
Description: Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki had 16 points and seven rebounds in the, 100-94, victory over the Timberwolves.
Insight: Nowitzki was 7-of-10 from the field and made two 3-pointers. He also had two assists, a steal and a block. Nowitzki has struggled as of late, scoring just 12.8 ppg over the last five games. He is averaging 18.3 ppg this season overall.
Description: Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons (illness) should be upgraded to probable for Monday's game against Minnesota after telling Earl K. Sneed he's "feeling better and ready to roll."
Insight: He has missed the last two games with the stomach bug. Richard Jefferson had been the primary sub for Parsons, but he's not a consistent performer anymore. Parsons is averaging 15.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.2 apg.
Description: Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons (illness) is questionable for Monday's game against Minnesota.
Insight: He has missed the last two games with the "stomach bug" , but could be ready to return. Richard Jefferson has been the primary sub for Parsons, but he's not a consistent performer anymore. Parsons is averaging 15.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.2 apg.
Description: Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo left Saturday's game with a head injury and has already been ruled out for Monday's game against Minnesota, according to Marc Stein.
Insight: Richard Jefferson accidently struck him in the head with his foot. Devin Harris and J.J. Barea will see a bump in minutes, but Monta Ellis will take over the offense and should post big stats.
Description: Mavericks power forward Charlie Villanueva led the team with 20 points in the victory over the Heat on Friday.
Insight: Villanueva was 7-of-15 coming off the bench, including 6-of-11 from the 3-point line. He also had five rebounds and a block. There's no way Villanueva repeats this performance. In the 14 other games in January combined, he has seven 3-pointers and 39 points.
Description: Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons will not play on Friday due to an illness.
Insight: He is likely just sick. Richard Jefferson will take most of Parsons' minutes on Friday. Jefferson scored 13 points and had 13 rebounds in 35 minutes in the last game the Mavericks played without Parsons.
Description: Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons had 21 points versus the Rockets on Wednesday.
Insight: Parsons really only supplies shooting totals and will have the occassional off night, so he isn't as valuable in fantasy as one might expect. Parsons is averaging 17.4 ppg with just 1.8 apg and 1.8 rpg over his last five games.
Description: Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons hit three 3-pointers and was 7-of-11 from the field as he led Dallas with 19 points on Tuesday.
Insight: Monta Ellis also had 19 points, but it wasn't nearly enough as Dallas lost to Memphis, 109-90. Parsons had three assists and two rebounds in addition to his 19 points. Parsons is averaging over 15 ppg.
Description: Mavericks center Tyson Chandler left Sunday's game with a knee injury but has since returned according to ESPN Dallas.
Insight: Chandler collided with Anthony Davis, and it initially did not look good as teammates had to help Chandler off the court. X-rays, however, were negative, and he returned to the game. Hopefully he avoids further injury.
Description: Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki led the team with 25 points in the, 97-89, victory over the Nuggets Friday.
Insight: Nowitzki was 8-of-18 from the field, but an incredible 4-for-5 from the 3-point line. He also was 5-for-5 at the line and grabbed nine rebounds. Nowitzki is certainly closer to the end of his career than the beginning, but he is still putting up solid numbers this season: 18.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 46.3 shooting percentage.
Description: Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki did not play on Wednesday, but is expected back in the lineup for Friday's game against Denver.
Insight: Tyson Chandler will also return from a rest day. Nowitzki's scoring is down because he is surrounded by more talent this season. That's good for the Mavericks, but not as good for Dirk's fantasy owners. He's cracked the 20-points mark just once the last seven games.
Description: Mavericks point guard Rajon Rando was very productive on Tuesday night.
Insight: He shot 10-of-16 fromt he field for 21 points, seven assists, five rebounds, one 3-pointer, four steals, and three turnovers. Rondo will continue to be slightly inconsistent on a loaded Dallas roster.
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis scored a team-high 28 points during Tuesday's overtime victory against the Kings.
Insight: Ellis went 11-of-23 from the field, 4-of-5 from the line, and 2-of-3 from deep. He also had 10 dimes, four boards, four steals, one block, and two turnovers. Ellis is the main option in Dallas.
Description: Cavaliers forward Shawn Marion should be considered doubtful for Sunday versus Sacramento.
Insight: Marion said the way his hip feels now, he won't play, according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal. Marion is only averaging 5.8 points and 3.7 rebounds this season. If he's out J.R. Smith and James Jones should see more time.
Description: Mavericks point guard Rajon Rando has been an awful shooter since his explosion at the Boston Garden on Friday.
Insight: Rondo hit a career-high five 3-pointers versus the Celtics, but in the two games since then, Rondo has just three field goals. He is 3-for-19 over the last two games, including going 1-for-13 on Monday versus the Nets. Rondo scored two points, but did have 10 rebounds and 14 assists to salvage the night.
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis led the team with 19 points in Monday night's victory in Brooklyn.
Insight: Ellis shot 6-of-16, hitting one 3-pointer and all six of his free-throw attempts. He also had seven rebounds, four assists and a steal. Ellis continues to be the top fantasy option on the Mavericks.
Description: Mavericks point guard Rajon Rando lit up the Boston Garden in his return on Friday, but apparently the hot streak lasted just the one game.
Insight: Rondo scored a season-high 29 points, Friday, but was just 2-of-6 for 4 points Sunday against Cleveland. He did dish out eight assists pull down four rebonds and added two steals, but we were certainly expecting more.
Description: Mavericks point guard Rajon Rando lit up the Boston Garden in his return on Friday.
Insight: Rondo scored a season-high 29 points as he took a season-high 19 shots, making 12 of them. He also shot 5-for-7 from the 3-point line, which is a season-high. Rondo added six rebounds, five assists and a steal to cap off the great night.
Description: Cavaliers forward Shawn Marion should return to the lineup Friday against the Hornets.
Insight: Marion is near the end of his career, but with LeBron James out of the lineup could see enough time to be low-end fantasy worthy. Marion is only averaging 5.6 points and 3.5 rebounds this season, but could grab some of James' 18 shots per game.
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis led the team with 20 points on Tuesday.
Insight: Ellis didn't wow in any other statistical category, going 8-for-15 from the field and 1-of-2 from 3-point. He also had four steals and two assists. That's pretty much what Ellias has done all season: average 20.6 ppg while shooting 46 percent with 4.5 apg and 2.2 rpg.
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis was unconscious during Saturday's victory against the Spurs.
Insight: He went 15-of-23 from the field, 3-of-6 from the line, and 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. Ellis also had one assist, four steals, and two turnovers. He should benefit from the addition of Rajon Rondo.
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis was 11-of-20 from the floor on Wednesday.
Insight: Ellis hit one 3-pointer and two foul shots along with 10 other field goals to score 25 points. Ellis also had eight assists, two rebounds and a steal. That's the first time this season Ellis had at least 25 points and seven assists in the same game.
Description: Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons scored a season-high 32 points, shooting 10-of-17 from the floor on Wednesday.
Insight: Parsons went 4-for-6 from the 3-point line and made 8-of-9 free throws as well. Parsons also chipped in seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. This month, Parsons is averaging 20.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, and 2.9 apg.
Description: Mavericks center Tyson Chandler had eight points and 14 rebounds against his former team on Tuesday.
Insight: Chandler had the most rebounds at Madison Square Garden, where his former team resides. Chandler didn't get many offensive opportunities but was efficient, shooting 80 percent. The Dallas center will get lots of rebounds and blocks but won't score much this season.
Description: Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons (back) is questionable for Tuesday's game against New York.
Insight: He has been playing well of late, but missed Saturday's game and was still dealing with the stiff back Monday. Richard Jefferson played 35 minutes Saturday as his replacement and posted a surprising 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Description: Mavericks forward Richard Jefferson got a rare start and played well in Saturday's loss to Golden State.
Insight: With Chandler Parsons out, Jefferson recorded 13 points, 13 rebounds, two 3-pointers, and two turnovers. Owners should not expect numbers like that again this season. Leave Jefferson on the waiver wire.
Description: Mavericks backup point guard Raymond Felton says his ankle is 100 percent.
Insight: His ankle may be healthy, but how about his jump shot? He shot just 39 percent last season. Felton lost the starting job to Jameer Nelson and Devin Harris has played well too, so we aren't sure Felton plays enough to be fantasy worthy.
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis put up another big total in scoring with 14 field goals in the loss versus the Suns Friday.
Insight: Ellis scored 33 points. Two of his 14 field goals were 3-pointers, and he shot 3-for-5 at the charity stripe. Ellis didn't do much else besides score with just two assists, two rebounds and one block.
Description: Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki didl not play on Wednesday against the Bucks, but is expected back for Friday's game against Phoenix.
Insight: Nowitzki had played 42 minutes on Tuesday, so was given additional rest time. these things are needed when you are 36-years-old with a lot of mileage. He's averaging 19.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.5 apg and has 31 three-pointers in 18 games.
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis scored a season-high 38 points in Tuesday's win against the Bulls.
Insight: He was 16-of-35 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line. Ellis also had two rebounds, one assist, one 3-pointer, two steals, and three turnovers. He has now scored at least 30 points in two of his past three games.
Description: Mavericks point guard Jameer Nelson has been upgraded to probable forTuesday's game against Chicago while still dealing with back spasms.
Insight: Nelson practiceed Monday and while he might not be 100 percent he's likely to try to play. Nelson has not produced as well as fantasy owners would like, averaging just 7.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.6 apg.
Description: Mavericks point guard Jameer Nelson is questionable forTuesday's game against Chicago while still dealing with back spasms.
Insight: Nelson is expected to practice Monday to see if he can go Tuesday. Nelson has not produced as well as fantasy owners would like, averaging just 7.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.6 apg. Devin Harris posted 15 points, five rebounds and four assists on Saturday.
Description: Mavericks backup point guard Raymond Felton is questionable for Tuesday's game against Chicago while still dealing with a bad right ankle.
Insight: Felton lost the starting job to Jameer Nelson and Devin Harris has played well too, so we aren't sure Felton plays enough to be fantasy worthy even when healthy. He averaged just 9.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.6 apg last season in New York.
Description: Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (rest) will miss Saturday's game against Philadelphia.
Insight: This is not what owners want to hear, as he was probably in line for a big night against the lowly 76ers. However, owners need to expect Dallas to give Nowitzki some games off throughout the season. Brandon Wright will likely draw the start.
Description: Mavericks point guard Jameer Nelson has been downgraded to out for Friday's game against Toronto while dealing with back spasms.
Insight: Nelson missed Wednesday's game, his first absence of the season. Nelson has not produced as well as fantasy owners would like, averaging just 7.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.6 apg. Devin Harris started Wednesday and should get the start again Friday with J.J. Barea also seeing additional minutes.
Description: Mavericks point guard Jameer Nelson is questionable for Friday's game against Toronto while dealing with back spasms.
Insight: Nelson missed Wednesday's game, his first absence of the season. Nelson has not produced as well as fantasy owners would like, averaging just 7.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.6 apg. Devin Harris started Wednesday.
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis scored a season-high 34 points to help Dallas defeat Washington, 105-102, on Wednesday.
Insight: Ellis tied his season-high in shots taken as well with 21, hitting 10 of them. He made 2-for-4 from the 3-point line too. In the last three games, Ellis is averaging 27.3 points while shooting 47 percent from the field.
Description: Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki took only nine shots on Saturday and scored 15 points.
Insight: That is extremely surprising considering Dallas scored 131 points, but the Mavericks did play in their second straight blowout. Nowitzki had played just 43 minutes the last two games and taken 17 shots. At least he is making the most of his opportunities as he has made 13 of those shots.
Description: Knicks center Samuel Dalembert has fantasy value in deep two-center leagues.
Insight: Dalembert is a double-double threat even at age 33. He hasn't averaged double-double numbers in each category for an entire season since 2007-2008, but he has the potential for big numbers any night.
Description: Cavaliers forward Shawn Marion will only be relevant in very, very deep fantasy leagues this season.
Insight: Marion is at the end of his career. He played enough minutes and posted sufficient stats with Dallas to be a viable bench player in deep leagues last season, but that seems unlikely this season with Cleveland.
Description: Mavericks point guard Jameer Nelson appears to have the starting job over Raymond Felton and Devin Harris, but they will both cut into Nelson's playing time.
Insight: Nelson has always been a solid assist guy and can hit the three when needed. We're projecting 10.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 7.0 apg, but fantasy owners must be aware of the injury risk. Nelson hasn't played more than 68 games in any of the last three seasons and has never played more than 79 games in 10 NBA seasons.
Description: The Mavericks' three-year, $46 million offer to Chandler Parsons got them a top quality, underrated fantasy small forward for 2014-15
Insight: Parsons should be the No. 3 option behind Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis and after a bit of slow start while trying to fit in on a new team will produce solid numbers - 15.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.3 spg.
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis has always been a solid fantasy option because of his quickness and his never having met a shot he didn't like.
Insight: He curbed his shot selection a bit in 2013-14 and saw his shooting percentage rise in both two pointer and from beyond the arc. We think that trend continues so are projecting 19.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 6.0 apg and 2.1 spg.
Description: The Mavericks have re-signed Dirk Nowitzki to a three-year deal for $30 million.
Insight: It was a foregone conclusion that Nowitzki would re-sign with the only team he's ever played with. The 36-year-old averaged 21.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 threes while shooting .497 from the field over 80 games last season. His terrific mid-range game has allowed him to age gracefully.
Description: Raymond Felton has been traded to Dallas. SOURCE: Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Chandler is also headed to the Mavs in exchange for Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Wayne Ellington, Shane Larkin and a pair of second-round picks. All in all, it's a pretty good haul for the Knicks, who were looking to deal Felton anyway. This will be the fifth team Felton (9.7 ppg, 5.6 apg in 2013-14) has played for since 2010.
Description: Dirk Nowitzki will become a free agent on July 1st but he's confident he'll remain a Maverick. SOURCE: Dallas Morning News
Insight: Nowitzki has no interest in playing anywhere other than Dallas. It's worth noting that the Mavericks, led by Nowitzki and Monta Ellis, were the closest team to beating the Spurs in this year's playoffs. San Antonio needed seven games to close out its cross-state rival.
Description: The Raptors are planning to pursue G/F Vince Carter in free agency. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Despite his age (37), Carter should draw plenty of interest on the open market. Carter (11.9 ppg in 2013-14) had some of his best seasons in Toronto, making the All-Star team four times during his tenure there.
Description: Dallas center DeJuan Blair (ten points, 14 rebounds) had his second double-double of the series Friday in a victory over San Antonio.
Insight: Blair, who was suspended for Wednesday night's Game 5, picked up right where he left off in Game 4 (12 points, 11 assists). At 6-foot-7, Blair isn't a traditional center but he's better than anyone else the Mavs have to fill that role right now. Look for coach Rick Carlisle to ride the hot hand again in Game 7.
Description: Monta Ellis kept the Mavericks alive Friday by providing 29 points in a win over San Antonio.
Insight: That ties his highest point total of the series. Sunday's Game 7 in San Antonio will determine who gets to face Portland in the next round. Ellis has averaged 21.8 ppg on 42.2 percent shooting for the series.
Description: Mavericks F/C DeJuan Blair is probable for Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Friday against San Antonio.
Insight: Blair served his one-game suspension for kicking Tiago Splitter and should be back in the lineup. He's only averaging about nine minutes a night in the playoffs, but putting up 5.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in that short span of time.
Description: The NBA has suspended Mavericks F/C DeJuan Blair one game without pay for kicking Spurs center Tiago Splitter in the head during Monday's game, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
Insight: Blair and Splitter collided while going for a loose ball and Blair kicked him in the head while both players were on the floor. He was ejected from the game and will miss Game 5 of the series.
Description: Dallas shooting guard Monta Ellis blew up for 29 points Saturday in a last-second win over San Antonio.
Insight: Ellis was awful in Game 1 (4-for-14, 11 points) but he's looked much better in his last two outings, averaging 25 ppg on 47.6 percent shooting. The Mavs can extend their series lead to 3-1 with a win Monday in Game 4.
Description: Mavericks sixth man Vince Carter sunk the game-winning three-pointer as time expired Saturday against San Antonio.
Insight: Carter faked out Manu Ginobili in the corner and got the shot off just before the buzzer. Vinsanity only shot 3-of-8 from the field but nobody is going to remember the other seven shots he took. Dallas leads the best of seven series two games to one heading into Monday's Game 4.
Description: Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki had an awful game Sunday versus San Antonio.
Insight: Dirk (11 points, eight rebounds) made just four of his 14 field goal attempts and was invisible when the Mavs needed him most in the fourth quarter (0-for-4, two fouls, one turnover in the final six minutes of regulation). The Spurs have given him trouble all season as the seven-footer is averaging just 17 ppg in five games against them in 2013-14 (season average is 21.7 ppg).
Description: Monta Ellis tied a season-high with 37 points Saturday in the Mavs' playoff-clinching win over the Suns.
Insight: Ellis (19.0 ppg, 5.8 apg) gave his team a monumental effort when it needed him most and now Dallas is back in the playoffs for the 13th time in the last 14 seasons. The Mavericks can lock up the No. 7 seed in the West with a win Wednesday in their regular season finale against Memphis.
Description: Mavs small forward Shawn Marion hurt his right foot Tuesday against Utah but expects to be back in action Thursday versus San Antonio. SOURCE: Dallas Morning News
Insight: With Dallas fighting to save its season, Marion is determined to play through the pain. The Matrix has struggled against the Spurs this season, averaging 4.5 ppg on 18.8 percent shooting in two previous matchups.
Description: Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert (back) will be a game-time decision Thursday against the Clippers.
Insight: Dalembert has averaged 23.4 minutes, 8.3 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks over his last four games but is dealing with a stiff back. If he can't play Thursday, Brandan Wright and Vince Carter will see more playing time.
Description: Mavericks guard Jose Calderon had 22 points, eight assists, four rebounds and six triples in 37 minutes Tuesday against the Thunder.
Insight: Calderon (11.5 ppg, 4.8 apg, 2.4 rpg) took an elbow to the face early in Sunday's game against the Nets and didn't return, but he's fine. The 32-year-old's assists are down as he's had to share the backcourt with Monta Ellis while also playing with Dirk Nowitzki, who doesn't put up shots after getting the ball as quickly as some of the other top-scoring power forwards in the NBA. However, Calderon has made a career-high 2.4 threes per game.
Description: Mavericks guard Jose Calderon took an elbow to the face Sunday against Brooklyn and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Oklahoma City.
Insight: Devin Harris would handle most of the point guard duties for Dallas if Calderon can't return though the offense would likely run through hot Monta Ellis (24 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 5.5 apg over the past two contests).
Description: Mavs center Samuel Dalembert came down with 15 rebounds Sunday in a loss to Brooklyn.
Insight: He also contributed 12 points and seven blocked shots. Dalembert has come on strong lately with averages of 13.0 rpg and 3.7 bpg over his last three contests. If you're desperate at center, you could do a lot worse than Dalembert.
Description: Mavs guard Monta Ellis will draw the start Sunday against Brooklyn. SOURCE: Dwain Price, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Insight: Ellis (18.8 ppg, 5.8 apg, 3.6 rpg) injured his thigh Friday against Denver but was never expected to miss tonight's game. His field goal percentage this season (45.7) is his highest since 2008 (53.1).
Description: According to the Dallas Morning News, Mavericks G/F Vince Carter dislocated his pinky twice on Friday, but X-rays came back negative and he played the rest of the game with his finger taped up.
Insight: Carter had 13 points, four assists, three rebounds, three threes and two steals in 24.5 minutes Friday night and has averaged a solid 14.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.6 threes and 2.4 assists his last 14 games.
Description: Dallas shooting guard Monta Ellis (thigh) is expected to play Sunday against the Nets, according to Earl K. Sneed of mavs.com.
Insight: Ellis missed Saturday's practice with a tight contusion. He has been a consistent second option to Dirk Nowitzki this season, averaging 18.8 points on .457 shooting, 5.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals. He has scored double-digit points in 65 of his 70 games.
Description: Mavs swingman Vince Carter dislocated his pinkie Friday against Denver.
Insight: His X-rays came back negative and he's already returned to action. Carter is still an excellent three-point shooter but he can't get to the hoop like he used to. He's worth having on your roster but isn't a must-start.