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Mavericks’ Dorian Finney-Smith (strained adductor) out at least two more weeks

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Mavericks Dorian Finney-Smith (adductor), Josh Green (elbow) out vs Celtics
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Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith will miss at least two more weeks due to a strained right adductor, and Josh Green (right elbow sprain) will be re-evaluated on Friday, per coach Jason Kidd.

Through 31 starts this season, Finney-Smith is averaging 8.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 1.0 steal per game. Plus, he’s shooting 40.1% from the floor and 34.5% beyond the arc.

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Finney-Smith has missed the last three games. However, the Mavericks are hanging in there without the seventh-year wing. Dallas is 18-16 and ranks seventh overall in the Western Conference standings.

On Nov. 15, in the Mavericks’ 103-101 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, the forward scored a season-high 21 points in 37 minutes of action. He finished 7-of-15 (46.7) shooting from the field and 7-of-13 (53.8%) outside the arc.

Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (strained adductor) out at least two more weeks, Josh Green (right elbow sprain) to be re-evaluated on Friday

Last season, in 80 starts with the team, Finney-Smith averaged career highs of 11 points, 1.9 assists, and 1.1 steals. While logging 4.7 boards per game, the forward also shot 47.1% from the floor and 39.5% from 3-point range.

Meanwhile, this Friday will mark three weeks since Josh Green sprained his right elbow. When healthy, the 22-year-old is a solid contributor for the second unit. He’s averaging career highs of 7.0 points, 1.2 assists, and 20.3 minutes per game through 25 appearances.

Thirty-four games into the season, the Mavericks rank 21st in scoring, averaging 111.4 points per game. Though, their offensive efficiency rating ranks eighth (1.113). It will be interesting to see Finney-Smith back in the starting lineup with Luka Doncic, who is averaging a career-best 32.8 points.

Moreover, Dallas is allowing a fifth-best 109.5 points per game. The only teams better defensively include the Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers, Clippers, and Miami Heat. Also, the Mavs’ defensive efficiency rating is 1.094, which ranks 15th in the league.

James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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