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Western Southwest Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
33-22 7-3 W3
32-23 7-3 W6
24-30 3-7 L1
20-36 2-8 W2
11-44 2-8 L1

2023 Stats

STATS MPG
Minutes Per Game
PPG
Points Per Game
FG%
Field Goal Percentage
RPG
Rebounds Per Game
APG
Assists Per Game
Regular Season 25.7 9.2 73.6 7.8 1.3

Top Dereck Lively II News

  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Solid in platoon role with Gafford

    Lively (nose) recorded eight points (3-5 FG, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, four blocks and one assist in 17 minutes in Wednesday's 116-93 win over the Spurs.

    Lively came off the bench and was on a minutes restriction in his return from a seven-game absence due to a nasal fracture for which he required a procedure, but thanks largely to his blocks production, he was able to deliver a quality fantasy line. Head coach Jason Kidd had previously suggested last week that Lively would reclaim the starting role once healthy, but it's unclear if those plans have changed in light of how trade-deadline pickup Daniel Gafford (10 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one block in 23 minutes Wednesday) has performed since being acquired by Dallas. Even if Lively eventually displaces Gafford as the starter, the two could end up working in a roughly even timeshare at center that would put a cap on the fantasy value of both players.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Good to go Wednesday

    Lively (nose) is available for Wednesday's game versus the Spurs, Grant Afseth of SI.com reports.

    Lively has been upgraded from questionable to available Wednesday after missing Dallas' last seven contests with a nasal injury. However, the rookie big man will operate under a minutes restriction, so he could serve as Dallas' backup center to Daniel Gafford.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Questionable for Wednesday

    Lively (nose) is questionable to play Wednesday versus San Antonio.

    Lively appears to be nearing a return, though the Mavericks could be inclined to hold the rookie out for one more game so that he can get another full week of recovery time during the All-Star break. Nonetheless, Lively's status will need to be monitored in advance of Wednesday's game. If Lively remains out, the Mavericks would likely continue to use a platoon of Daniel Gafford and Maxi Kleber (toe/nose) at center.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Not available Monday

    Lively (nose) won't play Monday versus Washington, Eddie Sefko of the Mavericks' official site reports.

    Lively will miss a seventh consecutive game while dealing with a broken nose. Maxi Kleber has been starting in Lively's stead, but trade-deadline pickups P.J. Washington and Daniel Gafford could poach minutes from Kleber on Monday as both players make their second appearances with Dallas.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Another absence coming

    Lively (nose) won't play in Saturday's game versus the Thunder.

    Lively's absence streak will extend to six games Saturday due to a broken nose. The rookie center's next chance to suit up is Monday's matchup with Washington.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: To remain sidelined Thursday

    Lively (nose) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Knicks.

    Lively will be unavailable for a fifth consecutive game due to a broken nose. He underwent a procedure to reset the nose Monday, but it's not yet clear when he'll be able to return to game action. His next chance to do so will be Saturday against Oklahoma City.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Won't play Tuesday

    Lively (nose), who has already been ruled out for Monday's game against Philadelphia, won't join the team in time for Tuesday's matchup in Brooklyn, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Lively has already missed two games and will be sidelined for at least two more after breaking his nose. According to Grant Afseth of SI.com, head coach Jason Kidd said Lively underwent a procedure Monday to reset the nose, which went well. Though he won't link up with the Mavericks in Tuesday, he could be available Thursday versus the Knicks if he's comfortable playing with a mask to protect his nose.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Out next two games

    Lively (nose) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Milwaukee and won't be available for Monday's contest versus the 76ers, Grant Afseth of SI.com reports.

    Lively is scheduled to undergo a procedure Monday to reset his broken nose, and though he had already been ruled out for the Mavericks' game in Philadelphia that day, he had a chance at being available Saturday if he felt comfortable playing with a fitted mask. The Mavericks ultimately decided to hold Lively out Saturday, so he'll end up missing at least three games due to the nasal injury before potentially returning for the second leg of a back-to-back set Tuesday in Brooklyn if he responds well to his upcoming procedure. Maxi Kleber, Richaun Holmes and Dwight Powell will likely absorb most of the minutes at center for whatever length of time Lively is sidelined.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Unlikely to play Saturday

    Lively (nose) is doubtful for Saturday's game against Milwaukee.

    A previous report suggested that Lively would be questionable for Saturday's matchup, but he's officially deemed doubtful on the Mavericks' initial injury report. Regardless of whether he's able to suit up Saturday, he's been ruled out for Monday's game against the 76ers since he plans to undergo a procedure to reset his nose.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Iffy for Saturday, out Monday

    Lively (nose) is questionable to play Saturday against the Bucks but will not be able to play Monday versus the 76ers, Grant Afseth of SI.com reports.

    Lively broke his nose during Monday's win over the Magic and didn't play Wednesday versus Minnesota. He was fitted for a mask, which he wore during Friday's practice, but the rookie wasn't overly thrilled about the idea of wearing it during a game. Lively also said that he'll undergo a procedure Monday to reset his nose, so he'll miss Monday's game even if he's cleared to suit up Saturday. Maxi Kleber (nose) and Dwight Powell would be candidates for increased roles if Lively's absence extends to multiple games.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Dealing with broken nose

    Lively has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against Minnesota due to a broken nose, Alan Horton of the Timberwolves Radio Network reports.

    Lively took a forearm to the face with two minutes remaining in Monday's win over Orlando, bleeding profusely but remaining in the game and making his free throws. Lively will be sidelined Wednesday, although he will have until Saturday to heal before the Mavericks' ensuing contest. Maxi Kleber and Dwight Powell will likely soak up the majority of minutes at center in his stead.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Records double-double Monday

    Lively recorded 20 points (8-9 FG, 4-9 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in 41 minutes during Monday's 131-129 victory over the Magic.

    Lively posted his second double-double in seven outings since returning from his five-game absence in early January, and even though the game-to-game performances continue to lack a bit of consistency, he's firmly entrenched as Dallas' starting center due to his two-way ability. Lively is averaging 9.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 blocks per game since the start of January.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Strong showing in Friday's win

    Lively contributed nine points (4-7 FG, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and one steal in 28 minutes during Friday's 148-143 victory over the Hawks.

    The rookie center just missed recording his eighth double-double while posting his most rejections since he swatted away a career-high seven shots against the Thunder on Dec. 2. Since returning from a five-game absence due to an ankle injury, Lively has pulled down double-digit boards three times in five games, averaging 9.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 blocks in 26.4 minutes per game while shooting an eye-popping 80.8 percent from the floor.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Puts up double-double vs. Lakers

    Lively totaled 16 points (8-9 FG), 11 rebounds, two assists and one steal across 28 minutes during Wednesday's 127-110 loss to the Lakers.

    Lively recently missed five games due to an ankle injury, and Wednesday's contest was just his second since making his return. The rookie center didn't appear to have any rust from the recent layoff, missing only one of his nine field-goal attempts and logging his seventh double-double of the season. Lively has been up-and-down as a scorer this year, but even when the points aren't there, he's typically able to make an impact with per-game averages of 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks through 31 contests.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Upgraded to probable

    Lively (ankle) has been upgraded to probable for Monday's game against the Pelicans.

    Lively is trending toward a return to action after missing the past five games for Dallas. Assuming he gets the green light, Lively's return will push Dwight Powell back to a reserve role.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Grabs 12 boards in return

    Lively (ankle) recorded six points (2-2 FG, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes in Monday's 125-120 win over the Pelicans.

    Lively's minutes were somewhat capped after he picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter, but the Mavericks were presumably looking to manage his playing time to some degree anyway since the rookie was making his return from a five-game absence due to a left ankle sprain. On a fortunate note, Lively took back his starting spot from Dwight Powell and was highly active on the glass during his time on the floor. Lively makes for an appealing pickup in any 12-team leagues where he may have been dropped while he was sidelined with the injury.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Cleared to play Monday

    Lively (ankle) is available for Monday's matchup against the Pelicans, Mark Followill of Bally Sports Southwest reports.

    After being sidelined for five straight games due to a sprained left ankle, Lively will make his return to the starting lineup, pushing Dwight Powell to the bench. The missed time is beginning to pile up for the rookie, but he's playing well, averaging 10.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 assists when he sees at least 20 minutes.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Questionable for Monday

    Lively (ankle) is questionable for Monday's game against New Orleans.

    Lively has missed the last five games due to an ankle injury, and it's unclear whether he'll be able to return against the Pelicans. If he's unavailable once again, Dwight Powell should continue to see increased run for Dallas.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Will be held out Saturday

    Lively (ankle) will not play Saturday against the Pelicans, Grant Afseth of SI.com reports.

    Dallas' starting center will miss his fifth straight game, and he should be considered questionable to return for Monday's rematch against the Pelicans. Dwight Powell will continue to benefit in Lively's absence, and the Mavericks will have a bit more depth Saturday with Maxi Kleber (toe) cleared to return.

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  • Mavericks' Dereck Lively: Downgraded to doubtful

    Lively (ankle) has been downgraded to doubtful ahead of Saturday's tilt against the Pelicans.

    Lively originally drew a questionable designation for this contest after missing the Mavericks' previous four games. However, it now looks like he is on track to miss a fifth unless he has a quick turnaround before game time. Final confirmation on his availability should come after he tests things out during pregame warmups.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 7-1, 230 lbs
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
Age: 20
School: Duke
Experience: R