Smith Jr. sprains ankle in Mavs’ win
THE Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks will face each other in both teams' regular-season opener next week. But Thursday's night's preseason matchup wasn't true a preview of that game. Gian Clavell had 19 points, including five 3-pointers, and the visiting Mavericks beat the Hawks 108-94. Maxi Kleber added 16 points. Atlanta's starting group — Taurean Prince, Ersan Ilyasova, Dewayne Dedmon, Bazemore and Dennis Schroder — all played extended minutes. It wasn't a spotless night for the Mavericks. Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. limped off the court in the first half with a sprained left ankle after getting tangled up with Schroder. The ninth overall pick had nine points in 12 minutes before his injury. It was a continuation of his solid preseason production that started with an impressive Summer League.
DALLAS Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell (11) looks to pass between Atlanta Hawks forward Ersan Ilyasova (7) and guard Malcolm Delaney (5) in the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Atlanta.