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Postgame: Jeremy Evans

Mavs F Jeremy Evans weighs in on his performance against the Nuggets, the challenge of learning multiple positions and more.

DALLAS — Despite taking the court without a bevy of the team’s top contributors, the Dallas Mavericks went in search of their first win of the preseason Tuesday night in front of the hometown American Airlines Center crowd.

Welcoming the Denver Nuggets and No. 7 overall draft pick Emmanuel Mudiay, the Mavericks stepped onto the floor for the first time in exhibition play. However, the new-look Mavs went to work without several players that figure to contribute this upcoming season, sitting prized new addition Wesley Matthews (left Achilles surgery), Tunisian center Salah Mejri (fractured left fibula), big man JaVale McGee (left tibial stress fracture), 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki (rest), starting small forward Chandler Parsons (right knee surgery), second-year standout Dwight Powell (left elbow sprain) and expected starting point guard Deron Williams (left calf strain).

And despite a valiant effort, the Mavericks (0-1) wouldn’t be able to make up for their key absences while falling to a 96-86 defeat.

“I mean, we’ve been going through stuff in practice, but it’s different when you go against another team. It gives us a different look of where we can work on things and where we can get better. And I think tonight was good,” Mavs sixth man Devin Harris said after the loss.

Rolling out a starting lineup of veteran point guard Raymond Felton, summer signee John Jenkins, first-round draft pick Justin Anderson, big man Charlie Villanueva and center Zaza Pachulia, the Mavericks looked to get off to a fast start. However, the shorthanded Mavs would quickly find themselves playing from behind in the early minutes of the opening quarter.

And with the Nuggets (1-1) finding success from behind the three-point line in the period, the Mavs trailed by as many as 14 before limping into the second quarter in a 30-16 hole.

After just 7-of-24 shooting in the first period, the Mavericks looked for more offensive success in the second stanza. Harris led the charge, getting some assistance from big men Samuel Dalembert and Maurice Ndour off the bench.

Still, the Nuggets would again push their advantage back to double digits before an emphatic slam by versatile big man Jeremy Evans reenergized the crowd. And despite the best efforts of Villanueva and Harris, the Nuggets took a 53-46 lead into the halftime intermission.

Staying in the game behind Harris’ 11 first-half points on 4-of-6 shooting, the Mavericks still found themselves down on the scoreboard after being outshot through two quarters, 43.2 percent to 39.6 percent. Denver also overcame 12 turnovers in the first two quarters with a 28-21 rebounding edge.

Leaning on Villanueva and Harris, the Mavericks began to make a charge once again as the third quarter got underway. The two then connected for a highlight reel finish in the quarter as Harris collected a steal and fed Villanueva for a transition slam to bring the Mavs within four, 65-61.

“You know, we know what Charlie can do. And I take it upon myself to get him open looks, ‘cause he’s so dangerous out there. And he did a good job running the floor and some other things to spice it up out there, but I thought he played well tonight,” Harris later said.

The Nuggets then pushed the separation on the scoreboard back to six, taking a 71-65 edge into the fourth period.

Resting Barea, Felton, Harris, Pachulia and Villanueva the rest of the way, the Mavericks turned to Jenkins’ sharpshooting to stay in the game early in the fourth. The three-point specialist wouldn’t be enough, however, while putting the team on his back in the final period to match Mudiay at the other end of the floor.

And with the game no longer in doubt, the Nuggets finished off the Dallas team with late scores by their rookie standout.

Scoring 18 points on 8-of-17 shooting, Villanueva led the Mavericks while also grabbing eight rebounds in a losing effort. Jenkins added 16 points while hitting six of his 15 shots from the field, and Harris added 14 points off the bench. However, the Mavericks couldn’t overcome their 21 total turnovers in the game.

Mudiay led five Nuggets in double figures with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting, overcoming seven turnovers by dishing out five assists. Denver also outshot the Dallas team for the game, 42.4 percent to 39.5 percent, adding a 52-42 advantage in the rebounding department.

“You know, it was OK. You know, we turned the ball over a lot. Defensively, we can get better. But it’s a start, and we’ll kind of go from here and see where we can get better. Hopefully, we’ll get some more bodies in and get this thing going,” Harris concluded.

“We’ve got to turn it over less,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle echoed. “There were some positives. I thought, for the most part, our energy was good. And we needed to limit the number of minutes from some of the key guys. So, all things considered, it was OK but not great.”

Note: The Mavericks will now complete a back-to-back Wednesday night, traveling to Houston to take on the rival Rockets. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. CT but will not be televised locally.

The Mavs return to American Airlines Center on Oct. 16, hosting the Atlanta Hawks. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT and will not be televised. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

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Injury updates presented by Baylor Emergency Medical Centers:

Wesley Matthews (left Achilles surgery) — out

Salah Mejri (fractured left fibula) — out

JaVale McGee (left tibial stress fracture) — out

Dirk Nowitzki (rest) — out

Chandler Parsons (right knee surgery) — out

Dwight Powell (left elbow sprain) — out

Deron Williams (left calf strain) — out

Postgame: Devin Harris

Mavs G Devin Harris dishes on the team's performance in the preseason home opener against Denver.


The V is for Vicious

Devin Harris gets the steal and feeds Charlie Villanueva for a vicious jam on the other end.

Evans Brings The Effort

Jeremy Evans breaks up the lob then on the second effort gets the block.


Jeremy Evans Transition Block

Wilson Chandler goes for the transition layup but Jeremy Evans is there for the swat.


John Jenkins Gets the Steal and Layup

Dallas' new guard John Jenkins gets the steal and easy transition basket.

Denver Nuggets

PLAYER MIN PTS AST STL BLK REB DREB OREB TO PF +/- FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A
Danilo Gallinari, F 26 7 5 1 0 6 6 0 1 0 5 2-12 1-6 2-2
Kenneth Faried, F 19 10 1 0 1 10 6 4 3 4 6 5-11 0-0 0-0
Joffrey Lauvergne, C 28 14 1 1 0 12 9 3 2 2 6 6-8 2-2 0-0
Gary Harris, G 30 12 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 2 4 4-9 2-5 2-2
Emmanuel Mudiay, G 31 17 5 1 0 1 1 0 7 3 4 7-14 1-2 2-2
Wilson Chandler 22 5 4 2 0 4 2 2 1 1 0 1-5 0-2 3-4
Nikola Jokic 18 8 0 1 0 3 2 1 3 1 4 4-4 0-0 0-0
Jameer Nelson 17 12 2 0 0 4 3 1 2 1 6 4-7 1-3 3-3
JJ Hickson 5 3 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 1 -1 0-2 0-0 3-4
Randy Foye 16 3 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 6 1-6 1-5 0-0
Will Barton 15 5 2 2 1 6 5 1 0 0 6 2-6 0-2 1-2
Nick Johnson 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 0-1 0-1 0-0
Darrell Arthur 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Erick Green 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Matt Janning 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Mike Miller 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Jusuf Nurkic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Oleksiy Pecherov 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Devin Sweetney 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
TOTALS PTS AST STL BLK REB DREB OREB TO PF   FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A
    96 22 11 3 52 39 13 22 17   36-85 8-28 16-19
                        42.4% 28.6% 84.2%

Dallas Mavericks

PLAYER MIN PTS AST STL BLK REB DREB OREB TO PF +/- FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A
Justin Anderson, F 22 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 1 -14 0-4 0-4 1-2
Charlie Villanueva, F 22 18 0 1 0 8 6 2 1 1 -7 8-17 2-8 0-0
Zaza Pachulia, C 22 4 2 1 1 8 4 4 1 3 -7 1-3 0-0 2-2
Raymond Felton, G 18 8 5 0 0 3 2 1 3 2 -18 4-10 0-1 0-0
John Jenkins, G 29 16 1 1 0 1 0 1 7 0 -19 6-15 2-8 2-2
Devin Harris 19 14 3 2 1 2 2 0 0 1 9 5-8 3-6 1-2
J.J. Barea 19 3 7 0 0 3 3 0 3 1 9 1-5 0-1 1-1
Jeremy Evans 20 2 2 0 2 4 4 0 0 2 7 1-4 0-3 0-0
Samuel Dalembert 14 8 0 0 2 5 3 2 2 4 -2 3-5 0-0 2-2
Maurice Ndour 20 8 0 2 0 2 2 0 1 2 -5 3-8 2-5 0-0
Jarrid Famous 9 4 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 -1 2-4 0-0 0-0
Brandon Ashley 9 0 1 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 -1 0-1 0-0 0-0
Jamil Wilson 9 0 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 -1 0-2 0-1 0-0
Wesley Matthews 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
JaVale McGee 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Salah Mejri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Dirk Nowitzki 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Chandler Parsons 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Dwight Powell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Deron Williams 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
TOTALS PTS AST STL BLK REB DREB OREB TO PF   FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A
    86 23 8 8 42 31 11 21 18   34-86 9-37 9-11
                        39.5% 24.3% 81.8%

DALLAS — Stepping onto the hardwood floor without their entire lineup intact, the Dallas Mavericks still view Tuesday night’s preseason opener as an opportunity to get better.

Welcoming in the Denver Nuggets and seventh overall draft pick Emmanuel Mudiay, the shorthanded Mavericks will be without prized offseason signee Wesley Matthews (left Achilles surgery), Tunisian center Salah Mejri (fractured left fibula), big man JaVale McGee (left tibial stress fracture), 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki (rest), starting small forward Chandler Parsons (right knee surgery), second-year standout Dwight Powell (left elbow sprain) and expected starting point guard Deron Williams (left calf strain) as the team continues to address its injury concerns. That should create an opportunity for some of the team’s unsung heroes to impress the Mavs’ front office as it tries to trim the training-camp roster down from 20 to 15 by Opening Night.

Shootaround: Devin Harris

Mavs G Devin Harris dishes on tonight's preseason home opener against the Nuggets, Jeremy Evan's ability to play multiple positions and more.

And although the Mavericks will admittedly be without plenty of firepower when the Nuggets (0-1) invade American Airlines Center, coach Rick Carlisle still hopes to see his players executing the game plan in front of the hometown crowd.

“We’re ready. We’re ready to beat up on somebody else for one night,” Carlisle said as his team enters exhibition play.

“We just want to play well. We want to play fast and efficiently,” he added. “We want to get back on defense and make it hard on them. You know, Denver is going to be an improved team this year. Mudiay is going to be a real problem to deal with, ’cause he gets in the lane, he finds people and he can score. And they’ve got a lot of other good guys, too. I’m not sure who’s playing for them. We’ll have some guys out, too. But it’s an important beginning on an evaluation basis.”

Shootaround: Rick Carlisle

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle looks ahead to Tuesday's preseason home opener against the Nuggets.

Hoping to take a next-man-up mentality throughout the preseason, the Mavs will try to develop continuity even without the full roster at their disposal. Meanwhile, the Mavericks will try to get off to a fast start in preseason, beginning a back-to-back that concludes Wednesday night in Houston against the Southwest Division rival Rockets.

And according to sixth man Devin Harris, Tuesday’s outing against the Nuggets will simply serve as the first opportunity for the team to overcome adversity.

“It’s tough, but we’ve got to play with the guys that we’ve got,” Harris proclaimed. “You know, we’ve still got to get reps with those guys and try to move forward and try to get better.

“We’ve got to have that next man up. We’ve got a lot of old guys and guys who will be sitting out on back-to-backs, stuff like that, so guys are going to have to be ready to play when their names are called.”

Note: The Mavericks will open the preseason Tuesday night, hosting the Denver Nuggets. The game will air locally on TXA 21 at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

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Injury updates presented by Baylor Emergency Medical Centers:

Wesley Matthews (left Achilles surgery) — out

Salah Mejri (fractured left fibula) — out

JaVale McGee (left tibial stress fracture) — out

Dirk Nowitzki (rest) — out

Chandler Parsons (right knee surgery) — out

Dwight Powell (left elbow sprain) — out

Deron Williams (left calf strain) — out

DALLAS — Although they aren’t expected to be at full strength heading into exhibition play, the Dallas Mavericks will quickly be tested this preseason while beginning a back-to-back Tuesday night.

The Mavericks (0-0) will begin preseason play against the Denver Nuggets, returning to American Airlines Center for the first time with their new-look team. The Mavs will then quickly turn their attention to a Western Conference powerhouse, traveling to Houston for Wednesday’s showdown against the Southwest Division rival Rockets.

And although his team will be without several of its top contributors, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle looks forward to the challenge at hand while grading his squad against two formidable foes in the West early in the preseason.

“Well, it’s supposed to be tough. It’s the NBA, and it’s not supposed to be easy. But we’re playing at home … And then, you know, we have a short flight and an easy turnaround in Houston,” Carlisle explained while assessing the preseason schedule.

He added: “We want to play good teams, and Denver is going to be an improved team. And Houston is going to be a high-level contender, so I like it.”

The Nuggets are 0-1 in preseason play after suffering a 103-96 loss on the road last Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers. Last season, the Nuggets finished with a 30-52 record and parted ways with coach Brian Shaw, hiring Michael Malone this offseason in hopes of righting the ship.

Denver also selected point guard Emmanuel Mudiay with the seventh overall pick in June’s draft, trading former floor general Ty Lawson to Houston to begin a new era. Still, regardless of the new faces on the Denver sideline, Carlisle says it’s important that the Mavericks exert their style of play early in the preseason.

“We just want to play our style. We want to be real vigilant about our transition defense, we want to have pace on offense, and so far we’re keeping things real simple,” the coach confessed. “We want guys going hard. We have simple offensive philosophies and concepts with counters that are simple reads. So, we want our guys going hard and sharing the ball, creating the best possible shot on offense. And on defense, we’re going to get back and we’re going to swarm. That’s how we’re going to have to play.”

With that said, the Mavericks will notably be without a big chunk of the lineup Tuesday night while monitoring their health situation closely.

The Mavericks will take the floor without prized offseason signee Wesley Matthews (left Achilles surgery), Tunisian center Salah Mejri (fractured left fibula), big man JaVale McGee (left tibial stress fracture), 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki (rest), starting small forward Chandler Parsons (right knee surgery), second-year standout Dwight Powell (left elbow sprain) and expected starting point guard Deron Williams (left calf strain). And although it’s uncertain who will be available for the Mavs this preseason, Carlisle says the team’s health situation is gradually improving as Opening Night rapidly approaches.

“Let’s be honest, we’re missing about $60 million worth of players out there. … The name of the game for us is getting our health where it needs to be. And again, we’re moving in that direction. It’s gradual, but we’re moving in that direction,” Carlisle said.

One player that would like to be in action at some point during the preseason is Parsons, who still hopes to be ready for the regular-season opener in Phoenix on Oct. 28.

Parsons underwent a hybrid microfracture procedure to repair cartilage damage in his right knee on May 1 after suffering the injury during Game 1 of the Mavs’ first-round playoff series against Houston. Last season, Parsons battled through his fair share of nagging injuries to play in 66 games, averaging 15.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 33.1 minutes per outing.

The 26-year-old now hopes to see time during the exhibition schedule in order to shake off any rust he may have going into the upcoming season.

“Yeah, it would be nice. But if I don’t, it’s not the end of the world,” Parsons said when addressing his availability this preseason. “I’ve played four seasons now, so I know what it’s going to be like. But I haven’t missed this much time, so it would be nice to get in there and play. But if I’m not able to play in any or [the team] doesn’t want me to play in any, I don’t look at it as a problem. I’d like to get in one, at least, and shake the rust off, running up and down.”

Note: The Mavericks will open the preseason Tuesday night, hosting the Denver Nuggets. The game will air locally on TXA 21 at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

 

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Injury updates presented by Baylor Emergency Medical Centers:

Wesley Matthews (left Achilles surgery) — out

Salah Mejri (fractured left fibula) — out

JaVale McGee (left tibial stress fracture) — out

Dirk Nowitzki (rest) — out

Chandler Parsons (right knee surgery) — out

Dwight Powell (left elbow sprain) — out

Deron Williams (left calf strain) — out