Mavs looking for production at center behind Andrew Bogut; Devin Harris making progress

The Mavericks are hoping to use a strength-in-numbers rotation at center with Salah Mejri and Dwight Powell behind starter Andrew Bogut.



So far, the results have been lukewarm at best. Mejri has been working his way back into shape after offseason arthroscopic knee surgery. Powell has been inconsistent and didn't get off the bench Wednesday until the second quarter when Mejri picked up his second foul.

Admittedly, the first eight days of the NBA season is too small a sample size to get too worked up about a lack of production behind Bogut, who has been a very good rebounder early in the season.

"Salah, it's taken awhile for him to physically get back to where he needed to be after his surgery in the summer," coach Rick Carlisle said. "He did a lot of good things at the game in Houston. Powell's going to give us energy at both positions. They're both guys we need. They actually played together some in the Houston game. With Dirk back, I'm not sure how much of that there will be. But right now, everything is on the table."

Mini-vacation: Devin Harris spent about 30 minutes on the court before Wednesday's game -- without the walking boot he is supposed to be in for two more weeks.

"It's the only time they let me out of it," Harris said with a laugh.

Actually, it's true. Harris is allowed to do bicycle work, shoot free throws and do some dribbling drills in his sneakers.

Then, it's back to the boot.

Story courtesy of Eddie Sefko

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