Stock report: Carter up, Mekel down
Vince Carter: The 36-year-old sixth man has had his two best all-around games of the season on this homestand. He followed up a 15-point, nine-assist, six-rebound outing in the blowout of the Milwaukee Bucks by putting up 14 points, six assists and four rebounds in the win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Carter, whose season shooting percentage (38.8) is at a career-low level, was 9-of-16 from the floor and 4-of-7 from 3-point range in the wins. The Mavs have outscored their opponents by 29 during Carter’s 56 minutes this week.
Gal Mekel: Shane Larkin has taken a clear lead in the battle to be the backup point guard, leaving Mekel to play primarily garbage-time minutes. After a DNP-CD in the road-trip finale against Golden State, Mekel played a total of only nine minutes in the first two games of this homestand. When Devin Harris is healthy enough to play, Mekel is likely to be dispatched to the D-League, where he would have the opportunity to run the show for the Texas Legends.
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