2017 Preseason Game 3: Mavs at Magic

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ORLANDO — Traveling to Orlando without their head coach and a bevy of veterans, the Dallas Mavericks admittedly faced a tough challenge Thursday night as they tried to remain unbeaten in preseason play.

Hoping to build on Wednesday’s 118-71 rout at home against Chicago, the Mavericks tried to move to 3-0 during their exhibition schedule just 24 hours later on the road. However, in order to escape Amway Center with another win, the shorthanded Mavs would have to collectively come together without several of their leaders, seeing coach Rick Carlisle (illness), 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki (rest), leading scorer Harrison Barnes (rest), backup guard J.J. Barea (rest), veteran Devin Harris (rest), starting swingman Wesley Matthews (rest), big man Josh McRoberts (rest), second-year standout Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee soreness) and center Nerlens Noel (rest) all remain in Dallas. And without their full complement of players, the Mavericks (2-1) would taste defeat for the first time this preseason after a 112-89 loss on the road.

“You know, it’s the NBA. You know, fatigue is there, scheduling, no vets, and that’s part of it. But the good thing is we got some film,” assistant coach Melvin Hunt said after the loss. “These young guys don’t get a lot of opportunities, especially long stretches, so this gives us some film that we can show them so they can learn.”

Led by Hunt in Carlisle’s absence, the Mavericks tried to get out of the gates fast with a starting lineup of rookie first-round draft pick Dennis Smith Jr., combo guard Seth Curry, swingman P.J. Dozier, fourth-year big man Dwight Powell and Tunisian center Salah Mejri. The Mavs would do just that while building a slight advantage behind an aggressive Curry. But with the Magic (1-1) catching fire from long range, the visiting Mavericks found themselves down 17-14 midway through the opening quarter.

The Orlando lead then reached double figures as athletic forward Aaron Gordon got into a rhythm. And behind Gordon’s 14-point period, the Magic took a 31-20 lead into the second stanza.

Falling into a widening hole as the second quarter got underway, the Mavericks looked up to a 37-20 deficit with 11:03 left in the half after Magic big man Bismack Biyombo’s three-point play. Second-year guard Yogi Ferrell then attempted to ignite his team, hitting big man Jeff Withey with a bounce pass in the lane before swishing a three-pointer of his own from the wing.

Ferrell stayed on the attack from there while penetrating the paint. However, the cat-quick guard’s efforts weren’t enough to crack a dent in the deficit. And despite a scoring barrage from Smith that included an alley-oop finish off Curry’s lob pass, the Mavericks trailed 64-46 at the midway mark.

Scoring 13 first-half points on 4-of-13 shooting and 2 of 4 from three-point range, Smith did his best to keep the Mavericks in the game through two quarters. However, the duo of Gordon and Nikola Vucevic proved to be too much for the Dallas defense, combining to score 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting as Orlando’s 53.7 percent from the field bettered Dallas’ 33.3 percent.

Opting to sit Smith and Curry to start the third period, the Mavericks began the second half with a backcourt of Ferrell and roster hopeful Gian Clavell. Meanwhile, the Magic continued to hold a lopsided lead, upping its advantage to 20 in the early minutes of the quarter.

However, after trailing by as many as 22, the Mavericks charged back to within 15, 75-60, after Ferrell’s pull-up three-pointer with 6:25 left in the third. Two-way contract signee Johnathan Motley brought the Mavs even closer with a three-point play to make the disadvantage 77-68 with 4:01 remaining in the quarter. The Magic immediately countered with a 13-5 run to end the period, lifting its advantage to 90-73 entering the final 12 minutes of play.

The Dallas reserves wouldn’t get any closer the rest of the way, seeing the Magic further separate the two squads on the scoreboard during the last period.

Scoring 13 points on 4-of-13 shooting in 19 minutes of work, Smith added three rebounds and an assist in the loss. Ferrell pitched in 12 points off the bench, grabbing four rebounds and dishing three assists to boot. Withey scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a reserve role, hitting three of his four attempts from three-point range in the game. Powell was the only other Mav in double figures with 11 points and six rebounds inside.

“Dennis Smith can learn,” Hunt concluded after the game. “We had nine assists tonight. Ouch. You know, we’ve got to have more than nine assists. I mean, we scored 89 points. It wasn’t a lot of points, but with nine assists, we’ve got film to show these guys.”

Gordon led five Orlando scorers in double figures with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting, pulling down 10 rebounds for a double-double. The Magic also outshot the Mavericks for the game, 47.7 percent to 33 percent, nullifying Dallas’ 55-49 rebounding edge by forcing 17 turnovers.

“We didn’t do good, obviously. The score shows that,” Smith admitted after the loss. “We’ve got to come out and execute better. I believe that everybody competed hard. Everybody played as hard as they could, but there were a couple times we didn’t execute, and that’s on me.”

Note: The Mavericks will now return to American Airlines Center on Monday night against the Orlando Magic. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee soreness) — not with the team
J.J. Barea (rest) — not with the team
Harrison Barnes (rest) — not with the team
Devin Harris (rest) — not with the team
Wesley Matthews (rest) — not with the team
Josh McRoberts (rest) — not with the team
Nerlens Noel (rest) — not with the team
Dirk Nowitzki (rest) — not with the team

Mavericks

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PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
P. Dozier, SF 28 1-7 0-4 1-2 3 2 5 0 0 0 3 5 -16 3
D. Powell, PF 24 3-7 2-5 3-4 1 5 6 0 1 0 1 1 -12 11
S. Mejri, C 17 2-4 0-1 2-4 4 3 7 2 0 1 1 1 -9 6
S. Curry, SG 19 4-14 1-7 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 -16 9
D. Smith Jr., PG 18 4-13 2-4 3-3 0 3 3 0 0 1 1 1 -12 13
Y. Ferrell 14 4-9 2-4 2-2 1 3 4 3 0 0 0 3 -5 12
J. Withey 19 4-7 3-4 0-0 2 6 8 0 1 0 1 2 -17 11
B. Ashley 21 1-4 0-2 0-0 2 2 4 0 0 0 1 3 -14 2
G. Clavell 30 2-11 1-5 4-7 0 6 6 0 2 0 1 2 -9 9
J. Motley 14 3-7 0-0 2-3 2 3 5 0 1 1 1 0 3 8
M. Kleber 15 0-2 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 -8 0
M. Wayns 15 2-6 1-4 0-0 0 3 3 3 0 0 5 1 0 5
J. Barea 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
H. Barnes 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Finney-Smith 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Harris 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
W. Matthews 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. McRoberts 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
N. Noel 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Nowitzki 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   30-91 12-41 17-25 16 39 55 10 5 3 1 19   89
    33.0% 29.3%                      

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Magic

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PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
E. Fournier, SF 15 3-5 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 13 8
A. Gordon, PF 20 6-12 1-4 4-5 2 8 10 0 0 0 1 1 12 17
N. Vucevic, C 14 6-11 2-3 0-2 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 15 14
T. Ross, SG 15 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 4 2 1 0 1 13 2
E. Payton, PG 20 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 5 5 5 0 0 1 2 10 2
M. Hezonja 15 4-10 1-5 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 19 11
J. Simmons 17 4-12 0-2 2-2 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 -1 10
J. Isaac 17 1-5 0-1 0-2 0 3 3 1 1 2 0 3 -4 2
B. Biyombo 9 1-1 0-0 6-7 2 2 4 0 0 1 2 0 3 8
D. Augustin 9 2-3 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 5 7
W. Iwundu 11 3-5 0-0 1-2 0 3 3 1 0 0 1 1 3 7
K. Birch 13 2-2 0-0 0-0 2 3 5 0 1 2 2 2 -7 4
A. Afflalo 9 1-4 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 3 3
S. Mack 12 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 3 0 0 2 1 2 2
M. Speights 10 4-7 2-3 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 1 12 10
D. Rudez 14 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 11 0
K. Lucas 12 2-3 1-2 0-1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 5
T. Caupain 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Payne 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   42-88 11-28 17-25 9 40 49 23 6 7 0 17   112
    47.7% 39.3%                      

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ORLANDO — After sprinting to 2-0 in preseason play Wednesday following a 118-71 rout at home against the Chicago Bulls with nearly their full complement of players available, the Dallas Mavericks will find themselves severely shorthanded 24 hours later as they venture out for the first time during the exhibition schedule.

Traveling to Orlando to complete a back-to-back against the upstart Magic (0-1), the Mavericks (2-0) will attempt to remain unbeaten this preseason. However, in order to do so, the Mavs will have to make up for the absences of several veteran players, traveling to Orlando without the services of guard J.J. Barea (rest), leading scorer Harrison Barnes (rest), reserve Devin Harris (rest), swingman Wesley Matthews (rest), big man Josh McRoberts (rest), center Nerlens Noel (rest) and 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki (rest). Still, after seeing rookie first-round draft pick Dennis Smith Jr. tally 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, two rebounds, three assists and two steals to overshadow his four turnovers during Wednesday’s win, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle is confident his team can survive on the road.

“[Smith] is obviously learning and adjusting,” Carlisle said after the Mavericks led by as many as 48 during Wednesday’s victory. “He had his best game, and I’m counting the intrasquad scrimmage as well. He hit a couple of threes early, which was big, and then I thought he attacked the basket as well. He’s going to learn the reads. You know, people are going to pressure him, like (Wednesday night). They’ve got young guards that are pretty hard-nosed, and they’re going to try to pressure him out of his spots in our offense. The turnovers, we’ll take a look at them with him and he’ll adjust. Every time we show him something, he adjusts and does better.”

Bouncing back from a 1-of-5 shooting perform Monday during his preseason debut, Smith began to show why the Mavericks made him the No. 9 pick in June’s NBA Draft. But according to the cat-quick guard, he’s just beginning to scratch the surface of how effective he could be this upcoming season. And despite playing without several key veterans Thursday night, Smith says he’s eager to take another step forward in his progression during the Mavs’ first preseason test on the road.

“I felt a lot more comfortable,” Smith said. “I got some of those first-game jitters out. It’s the same thing as Summer League. In my first game, I came out kind of slow. After that I settled in and felt a lot more natural, and I just hit the ground running from there.

“We’ve been playing together more now. You know, training camp, practice and even in the games, with our starting five, I’m learning those guys and they’re learning me. And it’s been looking really well.”

Note: The Mavericks will now continue their preseason schedule Thursday night, traveling to Orlando for a matchup against the Magic. The game will tip off at 6 p.m. CT, airing locally on 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270.

The Mavs will return to American Airlines Center on Monday night against the Orlando Magic. That game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee soreness) — questionable
J.J. Barea (rest) — not with the team
Harrison Barnes (rest) — not with the team
Devin Harris (rest) — not with the team
Wesley Matthews (rest) — not with the team
Josh McRoberts (rest) — not with the team
Nerlens Noel (rest) — not with the team
Dirk Nowitzki (rest) — not with the team