OUTTyrese Haliburton G SAC
Mon 5/17/21 1:45 PM
Haliburton (knee) said Monday that he doesn't expect to miss any time during his offseason training program this summer, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. "We feel like we dodged a bullet in a sense," Haliburton said, in reference to the left knee injury that sidelined him for the Kings' final eight games.
EDGE AnalysisHaliburton's knee injury did little to ruin what was unquestionably a stellar rookie season for the No. 12 overall pick. He emerged as a starter in the backcourt for the Kings before his season came to an end May 2 in Dallas, where he sustained what appeared to be a serious injury. Fortunately, Haliburton's follow-up MRI cleared him of any ligament damage, and he sounds like he could soon be cleared to resume basketball activities following a two-week shutdown period. A healthy Haliburton should remain a cornerstone player for Sacramento heading into the 2021-22 season.
Skylar Mays G ATL
Mon 5/17/21 1:43 PM
Mays posted 16 points (7-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt), seven assists, four rebounds and two blocks in Sunday's 124-95 win over the Rockets.
EDGE AnalysisMays recorded a season-high seven assists while also receiving 27 minutes of action in relief for Kevin Huerter, who missed Sunday's contest with an ankle injury. The guard even played well defensively, notching his first two blocks of the season. Mays likely won't see much playing time once the playoffs start.
Nathan Knight PF/C ATL
Mon 5/17/21 1:33 PM
Knight recorded 13 points (6-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 0-2 FT), 10 rebounds and two blocks Sunday against the Rockets in a 124-95 win.
EDGE AnalysisKnight arguably had his best performance of the season, logging a double-double and a season-high 10 rebounds. The center received an abundance of playing time because of Clint Capela's Achilles injury forcing him to sit out. Knight will likely not see the court much in the playoffs.
Bruno Fernando C ATL
Mon 5/17/21 1:25 PM
Fernando logged 10 points (4-10 FG, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, two steals and an assist in Sunday's 124-95 victory over the Rockets.
EDGE AnalysisFernando posted a season-high 10 points while also matching a season-high two steals. The center saw an uptick in minutes with Clint Capela (Achilles) being forced to sit out. Expect the 22-year-old to receive little playing time in the playoffs.
Onyeka Okongwu PF/C ATL
Mon 5/17/21 1:15 PM
Okongwu posted 21 points (10-13 FG, 1-3 FT), 15 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes of action during Sunday's 124-95 win against the Rockets.
EDGE AnalysisOkongwu easily had his best performance of the season, notching season-highs for points, rebounds and assists. The center received his fourth start of the season replacing Clint Capela who was forced to miss the game with an Achilles injury. The 20-year-old is finally starting to see more minutes, averaging 14.7 minutes per game in the past month.
Jalen Brunson G DAL
Mon 5/17/21 1:08 PM
Brunson totaled 15 points (6-12 FG, 1-1 FT, 2-4 3Pt), three assists and one steal in 27 minutes during Sunday's 136-121 loss to the Timberwolves.
EDGE AnalysisBrunson has been a reliable contributor off the bench for the Mavericks over the last nine games, averaging 14.0 points, 4.0 assists on 56.8 percent shooting from the field and 51.7 percent from three during that stretch. While Brunson has been hot, it's worth mentioning that JJ Redick's health could affect Brunson's playing time in the playoffs.
Dorian Finney-Smith F DAL
Mon 5/17/21 1:07 PM
Finney-Smith totaled 15 points (6-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt), four rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes during Sunday's 136-121 loss to the Timberwolves.
EDGE AnalysisFinney-Smith has been a great defender for the Mavericks this season, but his offense production solely relies upon his ability to hit open threes. Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis demand most of the defense's attention so Finney-Smith gets left in the corner a ton. The 29-year-old is shooting a career best 39.4 percent from three this season, including a scalding 66.7 percent over his last three games.
Tim Hardaway SG/SF DAL
Mon 5/17/21 1:06 PM
Hardaway scored 15 points (5-7 FG, 3-3 FT, 2-3 3Pt), dished out four assists and blocked one shot in 24 minutes during Sunday's 136-121 loss to the Timberwolves.
EDGE AnalysisHardaway bounced back from a 1-for-11 shooting performance on Friday with an efficient performance against the Timberwolves. The 29-year-old ended the season scoring in double-figures in 11 of his final 12 games, averaging 21.8 points on 50.8 percent shooting from the field and 43.8 percent from three. The Mavericks will need every bit of scoring that Hardaway can muster if they want to knock off the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs.
Kristaps Porzingis PF/C DAL
Mon 5/17/21 1:05 PM
Porzingis totaled 18 points (6-10 FG, 2-2 FT, 4-5 3Pt), four rebounds, one assist and one block in 26 minutes during Sunday's 136-121 loss to the Timberwolves.
EDGE AnalysisPorzingis was one of the few Mavericks who did not see a minutes restriction in Sunday's loss. The seven-footer is still trying to get his feet under him after missing 10 of the final 14 games of the season. If healthy, the Mavericks will rely on a heavy dose of Porzingis in their playoff series against the Clippers. In the last two regular-season matchups with the Clippers, Porzingis averaged 16.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in 33.0 minutes.
Luka Doncic G/SF DAL
Mon 5/17/21 1:05 PM
Doncic totaled 18 points (6-13 FG, 4-5 FT, 2-7 3Pt), six rebounds, six assists and two steals in 21 minutes during Sunday's 136-121 loss to the Timberwolves.
EDGE AnalysisDoncic only played 21 minutes as the Mavericks were all but locked into the fifth seed. Last year, the 2018 third-overall pick averaged 31.0 points, 9.8 rebounds and 8.7 assists against the Clippers in the playoffs. The Clippers do have a somewhat revamped defense but expect Doncic to still get his during the upcoming rematch. In his last two regular-season matchups with the Clippers, Doncic averaged 33.5 points, 12.5 assists and 2.5 steals on 49.0 percent shooting from the field and 45.5 percent from three.