Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry and forward Dorian Finney-Smith returned to practice on Oct. 19. Here is an update on their injuries and status for the season opener.
The Dallas Mavericks were bitten by the injury bug as the preseason wore on. The team played five times. It is easy to sit out any player with a small ailment when the game does not count in the standings. The Mavs were cautious this preseason.
That luxury is gone now. The next time the Mavericks take the court it goes on their record. The organization wants to make the playoffs this season. They cannot afford to give away games in what should be a deep and difficult Western Conference.
Curry was injured against the Thunder on Oct. 14. He missed the preseason finale against the Clippers on Thursday with his right knee contusion.
Finney-Smith sat out the Mavs final two preseason games with a hip flexor injury.
Statuses for opening night
Both Seth Curry and Dorian Finney-Smith should be considered probable to play on Wednesday against the Washington Wizards. Getting in a full workout five full days before the contest bodes positively for both players. Barring a setback they should be in the rotation on opening night.
Curry looks poised to be the backup two guard. He will come in and help space the floor for the Mavericks’ second unit. That group has an opportunity to be special in part because of Curry’s elite shooting.
Finney-Smith’s role is more matchup dependent. He will draw both starts and DNP-CD’s this season. Coach Carlisle knows DFS will bring the defense, and that will earn him minutes.
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