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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Devin Harris let rookie Dennis Smith Jr. pick which Disney princess backpack he wanted.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk on Dennis Smith Jr.: "He's definitely a special athlete. We're gonna have a lot of fun watching him hopefully for a long, long time."

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Matthews drills 3-pointer off nice bounce pass from Smith Jr. (0:18)
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Smith Jr. uses hot third quarter to tie game (0:21)
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Noel shows off hustle with block, putback dunk (0:27)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dennis Smith Jr. quickly returned to the Mavs' bench. Fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dennis Smith Jr. went to locker room with Mavs athletic trainer Casey Smith after subbing out of the game. He winced as he left the floor.

Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

Rockets PG Chris Paul will sit out tonight at Sacramento with a bruised left knee, but hopes to play in home opener Saturday versus Dallas.

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Smith Jr. shows off athleticism with alley-oop dunk (0:16)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Cuban on Mavs rookie PG Dennis Smith Jr.: "He's the fastest player in the NBA. Not even close."

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Elliott on abuser label: 'That's not me' (0:34)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Ezekiel Elliott is not ready to end his fight with the NFL because his name is more important to him than a six-game suspension. Elliott won a restraining order Tuesday that prevents the league from implementing its suspension and allows him to play Sunday at San Francisco. “When you get accused of something of that magnitude, you kind of get labeled as an abuser and that's not me,” Elliott said. “That's not how I want to be seen. That's not what I want to represent to my family. So I mean it's just important for me to fight.”

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Jones happy with owners meetings discussions (0:38)
ESPN Stats & Info

Not the Zeke we're used to in Dallas

Ezekiel Elliott hasn't had the same production on the field in 2017 that he had through the Cowboys' first five games in 2016. Last year's rushing champion is averaging just 1.7 yards before contact per rush this season (T-38th in NFL), compared to 3.1 last season (7th in NFL).

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Garrett says Elliott has stayed focused despite distractions (0:36)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Given how the Ezekiel Elliott situation has played out this season and how it could stretch into next season, it will be interesting to see the reaction Commissioner Roger Goodell will receive at next year's draft at AT&T Stadium.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Lee is ready to play. In individual work during the portion of practice open to the media he popped Justin March-Lillard so hard Lee's fellow linebacker went to the ground. Lee quickly apologized. Lee has missed the last two games with a hamstring strain.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Left tackle Tyron Smith was the only player missing from the open portion of Wednesday's practice. All eyes were on Ezekiel Elliott as he won a temporary restraining order Tuesday that will allow him to play Sunday at San Francisco.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Garrett spoke with Ezekiel Elliott Tuesday night after the Dallas Cowboys' running back earned a temporary restraining order preventing the NFL's six-game suspension. Elliott's status was not part of the team meeting Monday or Tuesday. While pleased to have Elliott on the field for at least one more game, if not two, Garrett said, “For us it's really been status quo. Control what we can control and that's been our approach all along. We think Zeke's done an excellent job of focusing on what he needs to do. We certainly try to do that as a football team. So nothing's really changed from our perspective.”