Dallas plays San Antonio in game 78 of the season that’s still going on. That’s not a complaint, FYI. Basketball is still basketball! Will it be good basketball, though?
Everybody is sitting this one out
No, not everyone, but the Spurs are sitting six players for Friday night’s game in Dallas. I don’t have much information as of this writing about who will -- or won’t — play for the Mavs. Seth Curry has missed the last three games with a shoulder injury. Dirk missed Tuesday’s loss to the Kings with an Achilles issue. It might already be a broken record to hear, but with the playoffs officially out of reach, resting veterans in favor of getting a look at younger players is very much an option here.
Yogi Ferrell getting good reps
With Curry out, Yogi Ferrell has stepped back into a starting role. For an undrafted rookie point guard who joined the team mid-season, Yogi has continued to work hard and learn on the fly. He has stayed afloat in the deep end, to throw another cliche at you.
Dallas will have opportunities to upgrade the point guard position in the offseason, but for Yogi the only thing that matters is getting time on the floor now. It will be interesting to see how much better he can get with a full offseason and training camp.
Barnes trying to finish the season strong
Barnes is wrapping up a season where he’s played more (in the regular season) than ever before, while being asked to do way more than ever before, too. Carlisle has hinted that Barnes might get a rest game at some point — even at just 24 — given his workload. If he sits, expect Nicolas Brussino to get a lot of extra minutes, along with Dorian Finney-Smith. Brussino’s passing stands out against some of the other forwards on the team, but he’s obviously still a bit of an unknown overall.
How to watch
Tip-off starts at 8:30 Eastern Time, 7:30 Central, on KTXA. Enjoy!