The short handed Dallas Mavericks (2-7) will conclude their quick four game road trip tonight as they head to TD Garden to take on the Boston Celtics (5-5).
The Mavs won the first game of this four-game road trip against the Los Angeles Lakers, but have dropped the last two against the Golden State Warriors and the New York Knicks.
Tonight, they will play a Celtics team coming off a disappointing lost to a lowly New Orleans Pelicans team.
The Mavericks are looking forward to the return of Deron Williams who missed the last four games due to a strained left calf.
“I mean, I’ve been out for the last four games, so I’m definitely dealing with some things,” Williams said. “But I should be all right tonight, and I’m going to give it a go tonight.”
Williams is averaging 15 points per game and is looking to help get this team avoid falling to 2-8 on the season.
Harrison Barnis is averaging a career-high 22.3 points along with 5.9 rebounds per game. He scored 20 points (8-17 FGs, 4-6 FTs), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 35 minutes versus the Knicks on Sunday night. (via Mavericks Media Pass)
The Mavericks swept the two-game season series with the Celtics for the third straight year in 2015-16 and bring a seven-game series winning streak into this game. (via Stats LLC)
The Mavericks have won seven straight and 11 of the last 12 meetings with the Celtics. (via Mavericks Media Pass)
Deron Williams (left calf strain) is probable.
Dirk Nowitzki (right Achilles soreness) is questionable.
Quincy Acy (facial injury) is questionable.
Devin Harris (right great toe sprain) is out.
“You play the hand you’re dealt. I think he’s really close. He’s feeling better. We just don’t want to rush anything. There’s no reason to. We’ll wait until they’re healthy.” – Mark Cuban (via Dallas Morning News)
The biggest issue is just the running. I’m not a big runner at this stage of my career, but I can’t really go up and down yet,””I haven’t really done a full practice, so I’m just not quite there yet. But the good thing is it’s getting better. – Dirk Nowitkzi (via Mavs.com)
Well, we’ve got an opportunity here,” Carlisle said following his team’s Wednesday morning walkthrough. “Guys are getting minutes that would normally not get minutes, so they’re getting their chance to get experience. That’s a good thing. We obviously are trying to win games, and so far it’s been difficult. But we’ve got to stay the course. You know, it’s a long season. There’s a ton more games to go, and no one is going to drop their heads here. I’ll make sure of that.” – Rick Carlisle (via Mavs.com)
How to Watch:
6:30 p.m. CST on Fox Sports Southwest
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