Dallas Mavericks: Dennis Smith Jr. practices despite bothersome wrist

Dallas Mavericks Dennis Smith Jr. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Dennis Smith Jr. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. practiced on Dec. 21, but remains doubtful to play against the Warriors with his wrist injury.

The Dallas Mavericks have been without starting point guard Dennis Smith Jr. in their last three games. His injury dates back to Nov. 21. He hurt his right wrist in that contest. DSJ has missed eight games total, but they have been spread out. The plan remains to hold Smith Jr. out until he’s fully healthy.

The second-year point guard is trending in the right direction, though. DSJ practiced on Friday as the Mavericks prepared for their contest against the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Saturday evening.

For further proof, here is a Tweet from the Mavs official account.

He also attempted a post practice slam dunk off with Dorian Finney-Smith. See the friendly competition here.

Unlikely to play vs. Warriors

Dennis Smith Jr. practicing is a positive step, but he was listed as doubtful for the Dec. 22 game on the official NBA injury report. That should not be a shock, though. DSJ stated that he wanted to sit out until he was fully healthy. His wrist was clearly still wrapped during Friday’s workout.

Coach Carlisle also stated that Smith Jr. was unlikely to play on this current road trip. See the quote here courtesy of Dwain Price.

That means the earliest he would return to the lineup would be Dec. 26 against the New Orleans Pelicans. There is no guarantee that DSJ will be ready for that game, but keep an eye on his status as that night approaches.

Final thoughts

Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. continues to be sidelined with a right wrist injury despite practicing on Friday. The Mavs have lost four straight games, and DSJ missed three of those contests. Hopefully, the 21-year-old gets healthy and returns to the court right after Christmas.

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The Mavericks are pushing for the playoffs in the credibly difficult Western Conference. They need Smith Jr. back to achieve that goal. Keep an eye on this wrist injury even after he returns. DSJ has had a few setbacks already. Hopefully, this does not turn into a long-term concern for the point guard. Stay tuned as The Smoking Cuban will have updates on his injury as they are released.