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

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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.