It has been a while since Josh Green and Dorian Finney-Smith suited up for the Dallas Mavericks.

And following a 1-4 West Coast road trip, Dallas is in desperate need of help. The good news is that Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd indicated that both Green and Finney-Smith could be ready to play as soon as Wednesday against Atlanta.

“[Green] and [Finney-Smith] participated in practice today,” Kidd said. “They did great, so we’ll see how they feel tomorrow.”

Tim Hardaway Jr., who picked up an injury on the road trip did not participate in practice on Tuesday. He suffered a sprained ankle in Sunday’s matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Finney-Smith, who last played in December, said it felt great to be back to participating in practice. He also indicated that he expects to play in Dallas’ upcoming matchup.

“It felt good today. First time going through a full practice,” he said. “I’ve been playing 1-on-1s and 3-on-3s, but it felt good today, and we’ll see how it feels tomorrow. Right now, I feel like I’ll be going.”

Since both Maxi Kleber and Finney-Smith went down, Dallas’ defense hasn’t been nearly as effective as it once was last season. Getting Finney-Smith back should help that side of the ball. But more than merely adding defensive effort, Finney-Smith’s return brings some consistency to a rotation that has been in flux due to countless injuries and lineup questions.

“Right now our defense is struggling,” Kidd said. “We’ve got to give a better effort unless we’re just going to be an offensive team where we’re going to try score 140 every night.”

Having a healthy roster is step one to rebuilding the defense. And with Finney-Smith back, Dallas’ effort should see an uptick. With Green returning soon as well, Dallas should be getting more athletic again soon.

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