Ready for the good news and then the bad news? Most of the Dallas Mavs roster is completely rested and healed from any nagging injuries they were dealing with prior to the hiatus.
However, the Mavs will be without a few significant players on their fight for the 2020 NBA crown. Guard Jalen Brunson did not go to Orlando with the team, coach Rick Carlisle confirmed Thursday after practice. Brunson stayed in Dallas to finish up the rehab on his surgically repaired shoulder.
The 23-year-old will not be available in Orlando at all, even if the Mavs advance all the way to the NBA Finals. This much was already known, but the initial plan called for Brunson to be part of the bubble traveling party.
The team does expect Brunson be ready for the start of the 2020-2021 season which is currently slated to begin in December.
The Mavs will also be without Dwight Powell (torn ACL), Courtney Lee (calf injury) and Willie Cauley-Stein (opted out to be in attendance for the birth of his child). Also, so far absent is Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
The Mavs’ sicth practice in the ‘bubble’ was a intrasquad scrimmage, which Carlisle described as “very competitive.” The teams were not divided by starters and non-starters.
Coming up, the Mavs have a day off and their first scrimmage on the horizon. Carlisle detailed what Dallas’ three scrimmages will look like:
July 23, 6 p.m. CT: Mavs vs. Lakers, 10-minute quarters, likely no broadcast.
July 26, 3 p.m. CT: Mavs vs. Pacers, will be broadcast, regulation game
July 28, 7:30 p.m. CT: Mavs vs. 76ers, will be broadcast, regulation game
The Dallas Mavericks have 14 days before their first official game (vs. The Rockets at 8 p.m. CT) of the NBA restart in Orlando. The Mavs have been making the most of their ‘bubble’ time at Walt Disney World Resort, ramping up practices in the gym and enjoying golf, fishing and trick shots galore on their off time.