2017 Preseason Game 5: Mavs at Hawks

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Game Recap: Mavericks 108, Hawks 94

Gian Clavell puts up 19 points off the bench as the Mavericks cruise past the Hawks, 108-94.

ATLANTA — Wrapping up the preseason with a back-to-back on the road, the Dallas Mavericks tried to continue building momentum for the regular season Thursday night in Atlanta.

Stepping into McCamish Pavilion and hoping to build on Monday’s 99-96 victory at home over Orlando, the Mavericks attempted to move to 4-1 in preseason play. The Mavs also tried to evaluate the end of the roster prior to final cuts, opting to rest their veterans before one final dress rehearsal Friday in Charlotte. However, before the end of the night Dallas would see first-round draft pick Dennis Smith Jr. go down with a left ankle sprain. Still, the shorthanded Mavericks (4-1) cruised to a runaway 108-94 victory.

“We don’t think it’s serious, and it’s possible that he’ll play tomorrow,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said while giving an update on Smith’s injury. “We’ll see how he feels in the morning.”

Traveling to Atlanta without combo guard Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) and big man Josh McRoberts (rest), the Mavericks then opted to give 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki, leading scorer Harrison Barnes, swingman Wesley Matthews, veteran reserve Devin Harris and backup point guard J.J. Barea a scheduled day of rest. Carlisle then sent out a starting lineup of Smith, second-year standout Yogi Ferrell, versatile forward Brandon Ashley, big man Dwight Powell and 23-year-old center Nerlens Noel.

Smith tried to get the Mavericks off to a fast start from there, hoping to pick up where he left off at after scoring 16 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing seven assists in Monday’s win. Ferrell lent some assistance at the offensive end of the floor to give the Mavs an early edge. And after a three-pointer from Powell gave the Mavericks a 17-10 edge, triples by reserve guard Gian Clavell, German big man Maxi Kleber and rookie swingman P.J. Dozier helped the visiting team lead by as many as 14 before taking a 31-19 advantage into the second stanza.

Continuing to put their foot on the gas as the second quarter got underway, the Mavericks once again found success from beyond the three-point arc after Dozier swished a long jumper. Kleber followed suit with another triple a short time later. And after Smith’s driving score, the Mavs held a 40-23 lead with 8:49 left in the first half.

Ferrell slid back into the scoring from there, converting Smith’s baseline feed into a three of his own to put the Mavericks up 43-28. Smith and Powell found the bottom of the net with a pair of triples to further separate the two squads. However, after Smith limped to the locker room with an apparent left ankle injury, the Mavs escaped into the halftime intermission with a 57-41 advantage.

Led by nine points apiece from Ferrell and Smith on a combined 8-of-16 shooting, the Mavericks outshot the Hawks through two quarters, 51.2 percent to 33.3 percent. The Mavs also held a 25-19 rebounding edge, connecting on 10 of 24 from behind the three-point line.

With Smith ruled out for the remainder of the game, the Mavericks started the second half with Clavell in his place. Reserve center Jeff Withey also got the start for Noel to end his night early. Still, after Powell swished another three-point bomb, the Mavericks held a 62-44 margin under their belt.

Clavell took over the scoring later in the third quarter, moving into double figures and keeping the Hawks at bay. The duo of Kleber and Dozier soon joined Clavell in double figures, lifting the Dallas team into the final period with an 81-71 lead.

Starting the fourth with a lineup of roster hopeful Maalik Wayns, Clavell, Ashley, Kleber and Tunisian center Salah Mejri, the Mavericks would quickly see their lead sliced to single digits. Wayns immediately intervened, switching a three to put the Mavs up 86-74. And after the Hawks charged within seven, Clavell and Wayns again stepped up with back-to-back threes to up the Dallas lead to 94-81 with 8:22 remaining to force an Atlanta timeout.

Carlisle began to empty his bench from there, finishing off the win with the Dallas reserves.

Scoring 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting and 5 of 10 from three-point range, Clavell led the Mavericks to the win in a reserve role. Kleber added 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting and 4 of 7 from three off the bench. Dozier pitched in 16 points, while Powell and Ferrell finished with 11 points apiece. Meanwhile, Wayns made it six Mavs in doubled figures with 10 points off the bench.

“You know, I think I knocked down important shots,” Kleber said. “We’ve got a lot of guards that can create, make pressure and get in the paint, so you want to make shots from outside. Luckily, I made my shots.”

Kent Bazemore led two Hawks in double figures with a game-high 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting. However, the Mavericks outshot the Hawks for the game, 49.4 percent to 38.8 percent, hitting 19 of 48 attempts from three-point range and adding a 46-39 rebounding advantage to overcome 21 turnovers.

“(The young players) played hard, and Atlanta is a team you have to play hard against with their driving and shooting ability,” Carlisle concluded. “You know, you’ve really got to scramble, and they did a good job. And we were moving the ball and the ball was going in the basket, so it was a good night.”

Note: The Mavericks will now wrap up the preseason Friday in Charlotte against the Hornets. 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 return to American Airlines Center on Oct. 18 for the regular-season opener against the Atlanta Hawks. 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:

Dennis Smith Jr. (left ankle sprain) — day-to-day
Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — not with the team
Josh McRoberts (rest) — not with the team

Mavericks

All Stats

PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
B. Ashley, SF 30 3-6 1-3 0-0 1 6 7 0 1 0 1 6 3 7
D. Powell, PF 20 4-7 3-6 0-0 0 4 4 4 0 0 0 2 5 11
N. Noel, C 16 2-2 0-0 2-2 1 6 7 0 2 0 2 3 3 6
Y. Ferrell, SG 21 5-9 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 5 1 0 2 2 8 11
D. Smith Jr., PG 12 4-9 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 3 0 0 2 2 3 9
G. Clavell 34 7-12 5-10 0-1 0 5 5 5 1 0 1 2 20 19
M. Kleber 24 6-11 4-8 0-0 1 3 4 2 1 0 3 3 9 16
M. Wayns 23 3-10 2-7 2-2 0 4 4 6 1 0 4 3 -1 10
J. Withey 15 2-5 0-2 1-2 3 5 8 1 1 2 1 2 12 5
P. Dozier 25 5-9 2-4 2-2 2 0 2 1 1 1 1 1 9 14
S. Mejri 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 2 1 2 -2 0
J. Motley 8 0-3 0-2 0-0 2 1 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 0
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
S. Curry 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
D. Nowitzki 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   41-83 19-48 7-9 11 35 46 28 10 5 2 29   108
    49.4% 39.6%                      

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Hawks

All Stats

PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
T. Prince, SF 23 3-6 1-1 4-6 0 4 4 2 0 0 3 1 -6 11
E. Ilyasova, PF 21 2-6 1-4 2-2 2 1 3 1 1 0 2 1 -2 7
D. Dedmon, C 19 2-7 0-0 3-3 4 6 10 0 1 1 1 0 -2 7
K. Bazemore, SG 25 8-12 3-5 1-3 1 5 6 5 1 0 0 0 -5 20
D. Schroder, PG 17 2-10 0-1 5-6 0 1 1 1 1 0 2 0 -7 9
D. Bembry 23 2-7 0-1 2-2 0 2 2 2 1 0 4 2 -17 6
J. Collins 22 3-7 0-1 3-6 2 1 3 1 1 0 1 2 -9 9
M. Muscala 13 3-4 1-2 1-2 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 1 -5 8
M. Delaney 19 2-8 0-1 2-2 1 1 2 3 1 0 2 2 -10 6
T. Dorsey 11 1-3 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 3
L. Babbitt 14 1-3 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 -14 3
J. Magette 10 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 1 5 0
N. Brussino 7 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 -1 2
Q. Cook 6 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 -1 0
T. Cavanaugh 3 1-3 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 3
M. Belinelli 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Evans 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Plumlee 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   31-80 9-27 23-32 10 29 39 21 10 2 0 12   94
    38.8% 33.3%                      

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Dennis Smith Jr. Tweaks Ankle

Dennis Smith Jr. tweaks his ankle trying to get by Dennis Schröder.


Withey Gets Two Blocks

Jeff Withey comes up with not one, but two blocks on the defensive end for the stop.


Block of the Night: Jeff Withey

Jeff Withey not only gets the block on Kent Bazemore but gets on on Eran Ilyasova


Postgame: Maxi Kleber

Mavs F Maxi Kleber dishes on his 16-point performance in Thursday night's win over the Hawks.


Postgame: Rick Carlisle

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle weighs in on Dennis Smith Jr.'s ankle injury, the win over the Hawks and more.


Shootaround: Dirk Nowitzki

Mavs F Dirk Nowitzki dishes on tonight's game against the Hawks, his plans after basketball and more!


Shootaround: Rick Carlisle

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle weighs in on tonight's game against the Hawks.

ATLANTA — With a back-to-back scheduled to conclude the preseason, the Dallas Mavericks will try to get their young contributors enough work Thursday in Atlanta and prepare their veterans for the start of the regular season the following night at Charlotte.

Thursday, the Mavericks (3-1) will try to take down an Atlanta Hawks team that they’ll see again when the regular season tips off in Dallas next Wednesday. The Mavs will then wrap up the exhibition schedule 24 hours later on the road against the Charlotte Hornets. And according to Mavs coach Rick Carlisle, the team will look to collect back-to-back wins while also preserving its top players for the start of the ’17-18 campaign.

“We’re trying to win them,” Carlisle said Thursday morning while addressing the final two preseason outings. “We’ll be playing a lot of guys and looking at a lot of different things. It’s been a very intense two weeks, and these two games are kind of a crescendo. We’ve got to try to hit this the right way and play well. We’re going to play our older guys tomorrow night, and it’s just a function of the schedule and practice schedule. We’re going to be playing a lot of our other veteran guys tonight.”

Likely sitting out Thursday’s matchup, 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki is expected to be in the lineup Friday in Charlotte. Nowitzki then hopes to see the Mavs build momentum for the regular season with a strong performance in the preseason finale. And with a condensed exhibition schedule drawing to a close, Nowitzki says it’s important that the Mavericks head into the regular season already clicking on all cylinders.

“Well, the preseason is a lot shorter now. We’ve cut it by almost 10 days, so we’ve got one more good game tomorrow. Guys want to get better tonight, and then the older guys are going to give it everything tomorrow and hopefully get a nice little burn. And then we still have a few days to get ready,” Nowitzki explained. “We’ll probably have Saturday off, and then practice three days straight and really fine-tune. And then it’s time to go to work.”

Note: The Mavericks will now travel to Atlanta for Thursday’s matchup against the Hawks. The game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest Plus and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270.

The Mavs return to American Airlines Center on Oct. 18 for the regular-season opener against the Atlanta Hawks. 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:

Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — not with the team
Josh McRoberts (rest) — not with the team

ATLANTA — After leaning on the play of their first-year point guard to improve to 3-1 in the preseason with a 99-96 home win Monday over Orlando, the Dallas Mavericks will try to keep progressing Thursday in Atlanta as the regular season draws closer.

Led by rookie Dennis Smith Jr.’s 16 points on 7-of-15 shooting, six rebounds and seven assists, the Mavericks held off the Magic late to escape with a win on their home floor. The Mavs will now try to find similar success on the road, traveling to Atlanta to begin a back-to-back that concludes Friday in Charlotte. And with the Hawks (2-2) scheduled to invade American Airlines Center for the regular-season opener next Wednesday, the Mavericks will attempt to send a message before the two teams square off in a meaningful game.

“Well, we want to keep getting in better condition. We want to play better, and we’re trying to get chemistry,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle explained.

“We’re doing OK, but we’ve just got to keep progressing,” the coach added. “Our conditioning is doing fine. We just want to keep getting better. You know, we had a hard practice (Wednesday), and these last two games we’ve got to go hard. It’s a big physical commitment to play a running style, so you’ve got to be in great condition and you’ve got to be conditioned mentality also to maintain that kind of tempo. It’s not easy. A lot of players say, ‘I want to run, and I want to be on a running team.’ But then you get into training camp and you find out what it’s all about, and it’s like, ‘I’m not sure I want to sign up for this.’ But our guys have been good, and I think they understand that we’re set up to be more of a tempo team this year.”

Filling up the stat sheet in his last exhibition outing, Smith will also try to continue his progression individually.

This preseason, Smith is averaging 11.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals per outing to overshadow his 2.3 turnovers a game. He’s also shooting 40.5 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from three-point range through four games. But after arguably his best performance, Smith admits that he will face the challenge of continuing to get better Thursday night. With that said, the 19-year-old hopes to rely on the tutelage of Carlisle and the Mavericks’ veteran players.

“Statistically and just overall period, I think that is my best overall game,” Smith said while summing up Monday’s performance. “We came out with the win and I got guys involved, and that’s very important for me to do. So, I think I did a pretty good job of that. You know, I’m making strides every game, and I’m looking forward to keep doing that all season.”

Note: The Mavericks will now travel to Atlanta for Thursday’s matchup against the Hawks. The game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest Plus and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270.

The Mavs return to American Airlines Center on Oct. 18 for the regular-season opener against the Atlanta Hawks. 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:

Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — not with the team
Josh McRoberts (rest) — not with the team