But his absence Sunday did nothing to dispel the lingering notion that Williams is not committed to putting in the work necessary to emerge as a contributor on a Celtics team with championship aspirations.
The Mavs now have approximately $27 million in salary-cap space. Jordan would have made $24.1 million if he exercised the player option in his contract with the Clippers.
Nowitzki, 40, is poised to set an NBA record for the longest career spent with only one team as he enters his 21st season with the Mavericks. Nowitzki and Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant are the only players in league history to play 20 years with one franchise.
The only players in league history to play 21 total seasons are Kevin Garnett, Robert Parish, Kevin Willis and Moses Malone (including his two ABA seasons). Free-agent swingman Vince Carter, like Nowitzki a lottery pick in the 1998 draft, would also join this club if he accomplishes his goal of playing one more season.
Marquez (6-8) retired his first 15 batters before Enrique Hernandez connected for a home run off the left-field foul pole leading off the sixth. After a Chase Utley single, Marquez dispatched the Dodgers on three fly balls to end the inning and pumped his right fist to emphasize the moment.
Isn’t that great? I loved that Rockies manager Bud Black said of the fist pump. He uses (his energy) with his fastball. I want him to use it with his fastball but not overthrow. There is a time you can stand on a pitch and lean on it and I think he does that.
He appeared to do just that with his fastball in the eighth inning. Facing Hernandez two innings after the home run, Marquez struck out the Dodgers’ utility man on a 99.9 mph fastball.
No doubt I let it rip on that one, Marquez said through an interpreter. But I worked hard in my preparation in between starts and my goal is to maintain my stamina deep into games. I think today I was able to accomplish that.