The Dallas Mavericks did not have a magical match against the Orlando Magic to tip off this second week of the NBA 2013 preseason. When hosting the Magic on Monday, Oct. 14, the Mavs’ largest deficit was by 20 points.
As a whole, the Mavericks were not off to a great start, because they were off on their aim in this game, as their field goal attempts slipped down to a disappointing 38 percent.
While Dallas was at a loss with injured players, including center/forward Brandan Wright, shooting guard Devin Harris and point guards Shane Larkin and José Calderón, the ones who have had play time should not be sloppy shooters from this point forward, period.
Instead of Shawn Marion starting as small forward, while resting in this go-around, Jae Crowder joined the first five that also included power forward Dirk Nowitzki, center Samuel Dalembert, shooting guard Monta Ellis and point guard Gal Mekel.
All of the starters, with the exception of Mekel, rested during the fourth quarter. This may be tough for the NBA rookie PG by a long shot, but first-choice projected starter Calderón could not play the first three games due to his strained left hamstring, and there are not enough strong PGs on the team, including rookie Larkin, who is mending his right ankle fracture.
Fortunately, Mavs.com‘s Earl K. Sneed reported that Calderón has returned to practice on Tuesday. Although he is not expected to play the next road game against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, he may possibly make his debut as a Maverick on the Charlotte Bobcats‘ court on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Dallas has managed to reduce its turnovers, which were at a peak high of 28 in its preseason home opener against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Mavericks had 16 TOs when they visited the Memphis Grizzlies in their only preseason victory so far, and 12 against Orlando. Now, they must keep working on their offense, which is not limited to making baskets.