Reinforcements on the way for Mavericks in Utah By Reuters

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The Dallas Mavericks will face the Utah Jazz twice in three nights in Salt Lake City, and while the Jazz have won nine straight games, the visitors might finally have some help along the way. The Mavericks are close to regaining a good chunk of their roster, perhaps even in time to take on the Jazz on Wednesday. Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell flew to Utah with Dallas on Tuesday after being sidelined due to NBA health and safety protocols. They are expected to play Wednesday, according to coach Rick Carlisle. All three players have been out of service for between 16 and 20 days. “It was tough,” Finney-Smith said, according to the Dallas Morning News, “just knowing that some of the young people were forced to go out and do things that guys like J-Rich and I could have helped them with.” The Mavericks can use all the help they can get after going 2-5 in the last two weeks. In that stretch, Dallas fell from second-best defensive team to No. 17 in defensive efficiency, according to Morning News. Maxi Kleber, who is still dealing with COVID-19 protocols, is unavailable and did not travel to Utah. “It‘s been a long road for these guys,” said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle. “They won’t get back in shape overnight, but it’s great to have them back on the court. It’s great to have them in practice. They are three of our best defenders and the most generous guys. Having them back in the fold is a big advantage “. Impressively, the Jazz have not lost as long as the Mavericks have been without their pandemic-affected players. Utah rallied to beat the visiting New York Knicks 108-94 on Tuesday after trailing by as much as 15 points. “We kept fighting and we didn’t feel sorry for ourselves because they weren’t taking shots. People talk about winning ugly,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said, adding that “the ugly was really pretty” in the win over the Knicks. All-Star point guard Donovan Mitchell had an unusually poor offensive performance, scoring just nine points on 3-of-15 shooting. Coincidentally, that came hours after a Utah state legislator, Rep. Kera Birkeland, sponsored a lighthearted bill during a legislative session to honor Mitchell after Shaquille O’Neal awkwardly called him out in a TNT interview. . “This resolution honors Utah Jazz All-Star Donovan Mitchell,” the bill reads. “This resolution recognizes Donovan Mitchell’s exemplary service to the Utah Jazz and the Utah community, and suggests considering making ‘Spida’ (Mitchell’s nickname) the official arachnid of the state.” A player with a last name similar to Shaq’s had Mitchell’s back on Tuesday. The deep and versatile Jazz was bolstered by Royce O’Neale, who produced a career-high 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. Utah also benefited from Mike Conley’s 19 points and Rudy Gobert’s 19 rebounds, 18 points and four blocked shots. Conley called it “one of those situations where we find ourselves in a hole. Each individual man just went one step further.” Utah has outperformed its opponents by an average of 116.8-101.1 during its winning streak, which is the longest in the NBA this season. –Field level media