The season mercifully comes to end for the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns http://www.seahawksauthorizedshops.com/authentic-michael-dickson-jersey , who finish Tuesday night at American Airlines Center with not much on the line.
The Mavericks (24-57) actually have a little more to play for, if needing a loss counts as incentive. A loss means Dallas clinches at least the third-worst record in the league.
Phoenix (20-61) has already clinched the worst record and therefore has the best odds to win the draft lottery.
Both teams will be sending out lineups deep with roster hopefuls for next season. The Mavs, already without Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews and J.J. Barea, are listing Dennis Smith Jr. and Dwight Powell as questionable.
Smith, though, is listed as a probable starter and is coming off 20 points and 11 assists in Sunday’s loss at Philadelphia.
“My teammates did a good job of making shots (and) rolling to the rim Tracy Walker Color Rush Jersey ,” Smith said. “That opened up a lot of opportunities for me to find a man in the corner, or even find a roller. They did a pretty good job of helping me out.”
Smith has had a standout rookie season. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle expects more improvement this offseason.
“In the NBA at the point guard position, you’ve got to improve on everything all the time,” Carlisle said. “This summer will be an effort to refine skills, shooting floaters, reads — all those kinds of things.
“Defensively, he’s come light years. That might be his biggest area of growth Saquon Barkley Jersey Giants , which is a big statement, because he’s grown a lot on the offensive side as well.”
Powell (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Maxi Kleber (11 points, 10 boards) also had double-doubles against the Sixers.
Harrison Barnes is expected to go in the finale after scoring a game-high 25 points in a season-high 43 minutes in his last game. He couldn’t remember the last time he played as many as 43 minutes.
“It’s been a while,” he said. “I felt it, but it was good. The shots didn’t fall early, but this season has come with its own adversity.”
Mavs reserve center Salah Mejri (right knee contusion) may play against the Suns.
Phoenix didn’t suit up Devin Booker Jordan Whitehead Color Rush Jersey , Tyson Chandler, Marquese Chriss, Josh Jackson, Elfrid Payton, T.J. Warren and Alan Williams for its final home game Sunday, a 117-100 loss to Golden State.
“The guys that played, they played the right way Jessie Bates III Color Rush Jersey , they play hard,” coach Jay Triano said. “We’re trying to figure out who fits where in the organization as we move forward, and I think they’re all continuing to battle and give an honest effort.”
Danuel House Jr., making his second career start, scored a career-high 22 points to go along with eight rebounds. House went undrafted out of Texas A&M in 2016.
“With the opportunity to play, he’s shown that he knows how to play the game,” Triano said. “I think he’s a guy that’s used this opportunity to showcase what he can do.”
Phoenix is going for its first sweep of Dallas since 1997-98. The Suns’ four-game winning streak in the series is their longest since nine straight from 1997 to 1999.
A Pennsylvania family has filed a lawsuit against Pittsburgh Steelers safety Sean Davis Kendall Wright Color Rush Jersey , claiming he posted a video on social media mocking their teenage son.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the 24-year-old uploaded a video to Snapchat of the teen working at a Chick-fil-A drive-thru in Cranberry Township, located about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Pittsburgh. Davis is heard saying, ”This kid like eight years old. No wonder the lines be so long (sic).”
An attorney who represents the family says their son didn’t know about the video until he was bullied at school afterward.
The lawsuit filed Friday includes claims of libel and cyberbullying, and it seeks an unspecified amount in damages.
Davis’ attorney Eugene Lee calls the lawsuit frivolous. He says Davis did not intend to demean the teen.
Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, .