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Earl K. Sneed: Per @MavsPR, Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia), Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) and Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) are all out for the @Dallas Mavericks against Milwaukee. #DALvsMIL
The Dallas Mavericks’ new 2-Way deal with wing Antonius Cleveland, an undrafted rookie out of Southeast Missouri State, is, GM Donnie Nelson tells DallasBasketball.com, the result of a trickle-down effect. “We certainly like Antonius,’’ Nelson tells us. “But this is also about ‘Dodo.’’ “Dodo’’ is Dorian Finney-Smith, the Mavs’ defensive-minded wing, himself an undrafted free agent from a year ago who is carving out for himself an NBA career … but who is presently being shut down by the Mavs due to a knee injury.
Earl K. Sneed: Rick Carlisle says he doesn’t expect Seth Curry or Dorian Finney-Smith to play tomorrow in Minnesota. Finney-Smith is likely to return soon.
Earl K. Sneed: Rick Carlisle says Dorian Finney-Smith has been battling tendinitis in his knee, which is why Maxi Kleber has been seeing time at SF.
Earl K. Sneed: Rick Carlisle says Dorian Finney-Smith may return tomorrow in Orlando from his sore knee injury.
Earl K. Sneed: Rick Carlisle says Dorian Finney-Smith is out tonight vs. Chicago with a sore knee. #DALvsCHI
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November 24, 2017 | 1:09 pm EST Update
Another big reason the Magic can be optimistic about turning the corner is the evolution of fourth-year forward Aaron Gordon, who is averaging career highs in points (17.5) and rebounds (8.1). “I think what he’s done is he’s finding a rhythm to his game, a pace to his game,” new Magic GM John Hammond said. “I think he’s just scratching the surface, too. Joe Dumars always used to say this: ‘Every offseason you should come back with one little part of your game better. Whatever it is. Just one thing.'”
The improvement comes as Gordon is poised to become a restricted free agent this summer, but Hammond sounds convinced that both Gordon and the Magic will be able to come to terms on a long-term contract keeping him in Orlando. “You look at a guy like that and say, ‘He’s one of those guys as you move forward with, that you got to have,'” Hammond said. “And we feel that way.”
Hornets PR: Injury Update: @hornets Nic Batum (ulnar nerve contusion) is OUT for tonight’s game at CLE. Jeremy Lamb will start.