DALLAS — After falling to a 112-89 exhibition loss on the road Thursday night in Orlando without their head coach and several key contributors, the Dallas Mavericks will seek retribution Monday at American Airlines Center as the two teams square off yet again in preseason play.
Traveling to Orlando without coach Rick Carlisle (illness), 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki (rest), leading scorer Harrison Barnes (rest), backup guard J.J. Barea (rest), veteran Devin Harris (rest), starting swingman Wesley Matthews (rest), big man Josh McRoberts (rest), second-year standout Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee soreness) and center Nerlens Noel (rest), the Mavericks (2-1) didn’t have enough firepower to keep up with the Magic (2-1) on its home floor. The Mavs also struggled through an off-shooting night while suffering their first loss of the exhibition schedule, connecting on just 33 percent from the field to Orlando’s 47.7 percent to nullify Dallas’ 55-49 rebounding edge. And after committing 17 turnovers in the loss, Carlisle hopes to see better execution at both ends of the floor from his team Monday night.
“We had a lot of things to get done and to get in with some defensive things along with some offensive things, and we needed to compete (in practice). We accomplished those things pretty well, and the game (Monday) is an important one for us,” Carlisle explained following Sunday’s team practice. “Orlando is going to be an improved team. They kicked our (tails) the other night, so we’ll go hard and then see where we are.”
However, if the Mavericks are to avenge Thursday’s loss, they will have to do so without starting shooting guard Seth Curry after tests revealed that the 27-year-old suffered a stress reaction of his left tibia. The combo guard is now expected to be out at least a week before being reevaluated. And with Curry sidelined for the foreseeable future, second-year guard Yogi Ferrell is expected to slide into the first unit.
“I mean, I’m just always ready. Whatever coach (Carlisle) needs or whatever position, I’m just going to go in to the best of my ability, play to my strengths, and just try to give the team energy,” Ferrell said. “The guard rotation is probably going to stay the same with just me replacing Seth, and we’re just going to do the things we’ve been doing — running the court, looking up ahead, playing in flow, playing with pace and looking for the open shot.”
Note: The Mavericks will now return to American Airlines Center on Monday night against the Orlando Magic. The 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.
Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee soreness) — questionable
Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out