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Mavs unwilling to throw in towel

As Dirk Nowitzki nears the end of the line, Dallas is hoping once again that Rick Carlisle's coaching and contributions from new additions equate to another opportunity in the playoffs. Preseason Power Rankings

Conditioning is No. 1 concern for Dez Bryant ahead of return (0:56)
Making sense of the NBA offseason spending spree (1:56)
Nowitzki a fan of Seth Curry (0:39)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki: "I'm a Seth [Curry] fan."

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Mavs PG Harris (foot) likely to miss opener

Devin Harris is "very doubtful" for Wednesday's opener against the Pacers, and an extended absence could ensure that Seth Curry will have a significant role to start the regular season.

How many games will Dallas win?

Kevin Pelton takes a look at the win projections for all 30 NBA teams using ESPN's real plus-minus (RPM). ESPN's Summer Forecast had the Mavericks winning only 40 games, but the recent projections have an even lower total. Final predictions (Insider)

Who's coaching seat is hotter: Strong or Helfrich? (1:30)
McElroy says high scoring games are bad for college football (1:45)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mavs have yet to get definitive word on Devin Harris' foot injury, but they are bracing for him to miss extended time.

SMU ranks third in coaches poll

The Mustangs were second in the American Athletic Conference last season with a 25-5 overall record. But during media day, SMU was predicted to drop a spot and finish third behind Cincinnati and Connecticut. American media day

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

With his third child arriving soon, Dirk Nowitzki jokes at Mavs' tipoff luncheon: "At this rate, we're going for eight or nine. I've got to slow my roll."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick is ready to return to action after missing four games with hamstring strains to both legs. Scandrick said he is 100 percent. "I just needed time," he said. "I was trying to push through something that was maybe a little bit worse than everybody thought."

SMU ranks third in AAC coaches' poll

The Mustangs finished second in the AAC last season with a 25-5 overall record. But during media day, SMU was predicted to finish third in the conference behind Cincinnati and Connecticut. AAC media day

Dirk on Barnes: 'He's got to keep working' (0:44)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki on Harrison Barnes: "He's got to keep working. I love that he's in the gym all the time. ... I think eventually he's going to be fine."

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Five-star guard Trae Young tells ESPN will take an official visit to Oklahoma State this weekend. It will be his final official visit, but he still expects to sign late. Young has already visited Oklahoma, Kansas, Kentucky and Texas Tech.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki can't handle the toughest question in Dallas these days: Dak or Romo?

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Snyder explained today the words of encouragement he shared with Texas coach Charlie Strong after Kansas State beat Texas 24-21 on Saturday. Snyder said he likes Strong and the job that he's doing to rebuild the Longhorns. He recognizes, though, that Strong is embattled as he tries to avoid a third straight losing season. "I think college football has gotten out of hand," said Snyder, the longtime KSU coach, "and it's no longer about young people."