Game 50: Mavs vs. Suns

Suns vs. Mavericks

Deron Williams scores 27 points and dishes 4 assists as the Dallas Mavericks surge past the Phoenix Suns, 91-78.

Preseason Game 4: Mavs vs. Hawks

Evans Skies For Lob Slam

Jeremy Evans elevates for the lob slam from J.J. Barea.

Mavs unveil new-look team, sit several key contributors during Fan Jam scrimmage

DALLAS — Although they weren’t at full strength during the open scrimmage portion of the organization’s annual Fan Jam event, the Dallas Mavericks gave their home crowd a glimpse into how the team will look this upcoming season.

Sunday, the new-look Mavericks took the court for the first time in front of the American Airlines Center crowd, treating their hometown fans to a show with an open practice. An estimated 4,500 fans attended the event, hoping to get their first look at this year’s team. However, with several of their top contributors sitting out the scrimmage, the Mavs wouldn’t be able to showcase their full potential while playing two 10-minute halves.

Still, thanks to an offensive barrage, fans didn’t leave disappointed after seeing the blue team defeat the white squad, 42-32.

“I thought the offensive flow was good. We could use work on defense, and we can use work with our health,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said after watching his team play through its injury concerns. “Let’s face it, we’ve got most of our main guys out. But the good news is they’re doing better. A lot of those guys got pretty significant workouts earlier today, and so we just keep chipping away in the right direction with our health.”

Opting to sit 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki (rest), small forward Chandler Parsons (right knee) and point guard Deron Williams (calf), the white squad rolled out a starting lineup of veteran guard Raymond Felton, new addition Jamil Wilson, forward Maurice Ndour, 10-year pro Charlie Villanueva and center Zaza Pachulia. Meanwhile, the blue team played without prized offseason addition Wesley Matthews (left Achilles tendon), second-year standout Dwight Powell (elbow), Tunisian center Salah Mejri (leg) and free-agent signee JaVale McGee (leg), sending out a starting lineup of returning guards J.J. Barea and Devin Harris, rookie first-round pick Justin Anderson, versatile forward Jeremy Evans and big man Jarrid Famous.

The two teams then found themselves knotted at 21-all after the first half of play.

With Villanueva catching fire, the white team attempted to keep pace in the second half. But an alley-oop connection from Anderson to Evans ignited the crowd while giving the blue team a slight edge. New addition John Jenkins then put the finishing touches on the blue team’s win with scores down the stretch.

The Mavs now hope to use Sunday’s scrimmage as a precursor for the preseason. And while hoping for a change in their health situation, the Mavericks will return to action Tuesday for the exhibition opener as they play host to the Denver Nuggets.

“There were good things, particularly offensively. Defensively, we’ve got to keep working. And again, we’ve just got to keep everybody coming into the training room and doing what they need to do to get healthy,” Carlisle confessed.

“I mean, we have a lot of guys that are going to be a big part of what we’re trying to do not suiting up for us yet. But I’m excited, though,” Villanueva added while grading the team following Sunday’s scrimmage. “I think with Wes, Chandler and D-Will, once those guys get back, it’s going to be very exciting. It’s going to be interesting.”

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.

Game 81: Mavs at Jazz

Barea’s Bullet Pass

Jose Barea fires a laser into the paint, and Bernard James collects it and beats the first-quarter buzzer.

Game 80: Mavs at Lakers

Highlights: Mavs vs. Lakers – 4/12/15

With a well-balanced attack led by Tyson Chandler's 20 point, nine rebound performance, the Dallas Mavericks dispatch the Los Angeles Lakers, 120-106.

Game 79: Mavs at Nuggets

Highlights: Mavs vs. Nuggets – 4/11/15

Dirk Nowitzki scores 25 points, Richard Jefferson adds 24 to top Danilo Gallinari's 47, as the Mavericks edge Denver in double overtime 144-143.

Game 60: Mavs at Hawks

Highlights: Mavs vs. Hawks – 2/25/15

Monta Ellis led all scorers with 19 points but it wasn’t enough as the short-handed Mavericks fall to the Hawks, 104-87.