The Mavericks injury report continues to look full, as Maxi Kleber and Josh Green will both be out against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday as Kleber recovers from a dislocated toe and as Green deals with an elbow sprain. It is worth noting that Green’s elbow injury is from the same elbow that caused him to miss a significant portion of last year’s season.
Kyrie Irving, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Grant Williams could return to action Wednesday night as they are all listed as questionable. Irving is dealing with right foot soreness sustained during the Mavericks’ matchup with the Grizzlies last Friday. The Mavericks can benefit from Irving’s return to help relieve Luka Dončić of ballhandling duties after he played 46 minutes against the Thunder. Hardaway has been sidelined from action for the past two games with back spasms. The Mavericks are missing his three-point shooting, shooting only 33.6% from behind the arc in his absence. Williams is dealing with right knee soreness, presumably sustained against Oklahoma City Saturday night.
Dante Exum is absent from the injury report, as he is presumably returning to action after missing the last two games due to the birth of his daughter.
On paper, the Mavericks shouldn’t face any issues against the Jazz. Utah is 7-13 on the season and has been missing star Lauri Markkanen due to a lingering hamstring issue that has left him sidelined for the last five games. At the time of writing this, Markkanen’s status for Wednesday night’s matchup is unknown.
It was previously unknown who the Mavericks would play on Wednesday due to the In-Season Tournament Group Play. Now that group play has concluded and the tournament progresses, it was announced that the Mavericks would play the Jazz, a “best-case scenario” for the Mavericks, who have dealt with several injuries over the past week.
If Hardaway, Irving, and Williams miss Wednesday night’s matchup, it will be interesting to see if the Mavericks can will their way to a victory while missing key players as they tried to do Saturday.