They cruised right along tonight with a blowout victory, 126-99, and the person who is mainly responsible for that is O.J. Mayo. He finally broke out for the first time for the team and scored 30 points. That’s including being 70% from beyond the arc (7-10). This could be a great sign for the Mavericks for things to come.
Chris Kaman finally made his debut for the Mavericks tonight scoring 16 points and grabbing 4 rebounds. Having him on the court really made a big difference since the last two games had them being outscored from inside the paint.
I believe that when he is on the floor it makes it harder for their opponents to plow through the smaller guys. Hopefully Kaman can stay healthy for most of this season to help the Mavs be a decent rebounding and low post team.
Another player who had an excellent game tonight was Darren Collison. He had a double-double with 18 points and 10 assists. Watching him on the court reminds me of a mixture between Jason Kidd and Dwyane Wade.
I know that is saying much, but the way Collison runs the court and the way he scores there is a lot of potential. This is his 4th year in the NBA and he already has a high “basketball IQ.” He knows how to get his own shots and he knows how to control the flow of the game. Tonight’s game shows that Collison could have a great career with the Mavericks and beyond.
All three had a great game and shows that the Mavs made great off-season moves to acquire them. Despite that the win came against the Bobcats it shows that they can win without Dirk Nowitzki.
Also, the Mavs will have another shot to continue their win streak against the Bobcats. If they win that game then the undefeated streak against the Bobcats will go to 17-0 and will still be the only team in the NBA to have never lost to them.
Derek Ayala is a NBA Columnist for Rantsports.com. Follow him on all the latest Mavs coverage on twitter @DerekMavs27 and on his fan page www.facebook.com/derekayalarantsports