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Mavericks: What to watch for as Dallas faces Heat in summer league

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The Dallas Mavericks are limping into their Las Vegas Summer League finale on Tuesday afternoon against the Miami Heat. Things went from bad to worse in Sunday’s loss to the Kings. Nate Hinton and EJ Onu suffered injuries, and Eugene Omoruyi was ejected leaving Dallas to finish the game with just six available players. The Mavs will be looking for their first win on Aug. 17.

The Miami Heat’s summer league squad won two of their first four games in Las Vegas. Omer Yurtseven and Max Strus are leading the way as they topped the Nuggets and Grizzlies. It will be a difficult final test for the shorthanded Mavericks.

Fans looking to catch the last summer league action for Dallas can stop their search. Here is a look at how to watch, injury updates, and a storyline to follow on Tuesday afternoon.

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Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat in summer league: How to watch

Start time: Aug. 17 at 2:00 p.m. CT or 3:00 p.m. ET

How to watch: ESPNU

Watch online: ESPN app

Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat in summer league: Injury updates

Mavs summer league head coach Greg St. Jean ruled out Tyrell Terry for the final game with a groin injury. Josh Green is also sidelined after his Olympic run with Australia. Tariq Owens and EJ Onu should be considered doubtful for the finale after suffering knee injuries in Vegas. Nate Hinton is questionable with a back issue. The Mavericks could be down to seven healthy players at tipoff.

The Heat look healthy and ready to end their summer league on a high note.

Fans should check Twitter just before for updates on the Dallas Mavericks’ long list of injuries. Will Owens, Onu, or Hinton return against the Heat? Information can be hard to come by, but it is worth checking on.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat in summer league storyline to watch: Who steps up?

The Mavs being shorthanded creates opportunities for the healthy players to get massive run. Eugene Omoruyi is the favorite to step up on Tuesday afternoon. He was ejected after a hard foul in the team’s last game before being punched in the face by Chemezie Metu. Dallas’ two-way player wants to be remembered for his on-court play and not that incident. Expect him to step up and have a monster final game.

Carlik Jones is also taking on a larger role. He is now the team’s lead ball-handler and playmaker. Jones responded with 18 points and four dimes against the Kings. What can he do in the finale versus the Heat?

Tuesday afternoon will be the last time fans can watch the Dallas Mavericks before training camp begins in September. Be sure to tune in and enjoy the game.

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