Dallas Mavericks news: Dealing with sickness and more

Dallas Mavericks Jalen Brunson (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Jalen Brunson (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images) /

The Dallas Mavericks are facing an illness after their return from China.  More on that and Jalen Brunson adjusting to the NBA in today’s morning notes.

The Dallas Mavericks are facing the effects of their long overseas trip to China.  Ryan Broekhoff and Kostas Antetokounmpo missed Thursday’s practice with an illness.  The Mavs were without a few other members of their staff as well.

It is not an ideal situation as Dallas has their final preseason game this evening against the Charlotte Hornets.  The team trimmed its roster to 17 players already.  The Mavericks are also without Dirk Nowitzki and Harrison Barnes because of injury, so they could be quite shorthanded against the Hornets.

Brunson looking to build on strong performance

The Mavs did not have the game against the Sixers on Oct. 8 in hand until the fourth quarter.  It was a tight back-and-forth affair that was ultimately won when all the starters were done playing for the evening (or morning Dallas time).

Mavericks rookie Jalen Brunson had a strong quarter and propelled Dallas to the 115-112 victory.  He scored 11 points on three of six shooting from the field and was the primary ball handler in that stretch run.

Brunson will look to build on that strong game against the Hornets on Friday night.  He could see more run as the Mavericks do not want another injury heading into the regular season.  Keep an eye on Brunson tonight.

Mavs news and notes from around FanSided

This Mavericks team is better than 2013-2014 [The Smoking Cuban- Kohl Rast]

What to know before tonight’s game [The Smoking Cuban- Arsal Hussain]

Harrison Barnes questionable for opening night [The Smoking Cuban- Tyler Watts]

Mavs officially waive Ding: To play for Legends [The Smoking Cuban- Tyler Watts]

Mavericks news and notes from around the internet

Jalen Brunson adjusting very well to coming off the bench [Mavs.com- Dwain Price]

Stomach virus has some Mavs sidelined [Mavs.com- Dwain Price]

Coach Carlisle wants Mavericks playing better defense [Mavs.com- Dwain Price]

Don’t underestimate the impact of China trip on the start of the Mavs season [Dallas Morning News- Eddie Sefko]

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