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Dallas Mavericks: 3 things to watch once NBA season resumes

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Brunson
Dallas Mavericks Jalen Brunson (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks things to watch: 3. Will Brunson play?

Jalen Brunson was playing the best basketball of his season before it abruptly came to a halt. Luka Doncic injured his ankle in practice in late January. That opened up more minutes for Brunson. The 23-year-old took advantage.

Over his 10 games before the injury, Brunson averaged 12.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 4.2 assists in 25.4 minutes per. He shot 47.9 percent from the field, 41.7 percent on his threes, and 91.3 percent from the free throw line.

Brunson earned another start against the Hawks on Feb. 22. Fans were expected a solid performance as he lead the Mavs offense with Doncic out. Just seconds into the game, Brunson was fouled hard and injured his shoulder. It would be the last time he played.

JB opted to have surgery just days after the NBA suspended play because of the novel coronavirus. He was set to miss four to six months. That was in mid-March. Over four months will have passed by the time play begins in Orlando.

Fans should keep an eye on if Brunson is healthy enough to play. Coach Rick Carlisle ruled him out for the rest of the season after his surgery, but the long absence could give him enough to heal and get back on the court. Stay tuned.

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