The team that stands lone with an undefeated record is the New York Knicks at 3-0. That will soon all change. The red hot Dallas Mavericks will be heading into the great city of New York. This will be the first time in little over 4 years that they will face Jason Kidd.
Kidd left the team during the off-season with a last minute change of heart. He told the Mavericks that he will be returning early summer morning. When evening came he agreed to sign with the Knicks instead which has started a feud between him and Mavs owner, Mark Cuban.
There may not be much hate on Kidd’s side, but there is no doubt that Cuban still has a bitter feeling that Kidd gave him.
I believe that Mavs will go into New York and give the Knicks their first lost of the season. The way Dallas is playing right now it seems like nobody can cool them off.
Just as long as O.J. Mayo, Darren Collison and Chris Kaman play as they have been in the past three games the Mavs will make it 4 straight wins. These three guys have a combined average of 55.8 points a game and that may not seem like much since that’s only an average first half score. However, their passing game and their bench players are helping the Mavs tremendously.
The team ranks #2 in the NBA in scoring with 108.4 a game. They also rank #5 in assists with 24.6 a game.
I mentioned after the game against the Toronto Raptors, Wednesday night, that if the NBA kept a stat for an “assist to an assist” (or pass to an assist) then the Mavs would be #1 in the league.
Everybody is touching the ball and everybody is passing. Dallas is playing as an unselfish team and the old saying “there’s no ‘I’ in ‘team” is true.
That is the key to the Mavs victory against the Knicks and that’s sharing the ball. Let everyone have a touch and Dallas will walk away with a a victory. When everybody is sharing on the court then it leads to everyone at least getting a point.
It does not matter if it’s Collison, Mayo, Kaman, Elton Brand, Vince Carter, Shawn Marion, Brandan Wright or Jae Crowder. Everybody has the capability of scoring in double figures. That’s what makes the Mavs so unique compare to the other teams in the NBA.
They do not have to rely on one person since each member of the Mavericks can score. As long as they share the ball and Mayo and Collison have another excellent game then the Mavs will give the New York Knicks their first lost of the season.