SAN ANTONIO -- Dominique Jones got most of his 13 minutes, 42 seconds in a full fourth quarter of garbage time Friday night, but the rookie was impressive, scoring 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting with three assists and a couple of rebounds.
Jones spent a good chunk of the first-half getting playing time in the D-League and might be carving himself out a few more minutes in the Association. The Mavs dearly need more scoring, and Jones provides a hard-edged offensive player who isn't afraid to take the ball to the rack.
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle certainly took notice after an otherwise gruesome 101-89 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
"The one thing I know is he’s ready," Carlisle said. "He and I and Doc [team psychologist Don] Kalkstein and Darrell [Armstrong] came over this morning at 9 o'clock and got a 45-minute hard workout in before shootaround. So he’s putting the time in, he’s showing improvement and he gave us some juice in the fourth quarter. He’s going to keep working, we’re going to make sure he keeps working and he showed he’s getting better tonight."
It was just the 15th game that the 6-foot-5 guard out of South Florida has appeared in this season.
"I think I did all right. I think I could have done a lot better focusing on some of my shots, even how I get into the paint," Jones said. "My main thing is a down night like this, I know we've got a great team here and I'm just trying to show things to coach that I can help the team."