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Dallas’ Jalen Brunson has surgery on right shoulder, timed with break in play

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ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 22: Jalen Brunson #13 of the Dallas Mavericks sustains an injury during the first half of an NBA game against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena on February 22, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

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Dallas’ backup point guard Jalen Brunson had missed the team’s last 10 games due to a torn labrum in his right shoulder. It needed surgery to fix the problem, but it couldn’t get worse and he wanted to play when it got to the playoffs for Dallas, so the surgery was put on hold and he was going to return to the lineup.

Now, with the league on a 30-day break due to the coronavirus, Brunson went ahead with the surgery, the Mavericks announced.

Smart move by Brunson and the Mavericks.

Brunson, the former Villanova star, has given Dallas a solid 18 minutes a night off the bench this season, averaging 8.2 points and shooting 35.8 percent from three.