Shawn Marion, the Mavs’ veteran small forward who resumed his starting post after resting out the previous game in Dallas against the Orlando Magic on Monday, came through big time at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers.
Marion had a double-double in 25 minutes worth of playing time and led Dallas in scoring with 18 points. He is indeed living up to his nickname by entering those numbers on the board. Despite his ripe age of 35 and his 15 years of experience in the league, he shows his audience that he still has game.
I think that Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle is onto something this week because after giving “No. 00″ the game off on Monday versus the Magic, he did not play guard/forward Vince Carter when they faced the Pacers. He must be getting the team season-ready by ensuring that the prime healthy players stay that way as they gear up for the regular season that tips off at the end of this month.
Point guard José Calderón, who started practicing with the team on Tuesday since recovering from his sprained left hamstring, is expected to make his official court debut in his Dallas uniform when the Mavs visit the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday.
With Calderon projected to start at point guard, the Mavs may have their potential first five lineup established with the Matrix at SF, Dirk Nowitzki at power forward, Samuel Dalembert at center and Monta Ellis at shooting guard. If Carlisle sends “Vinsanity” to play in the next away game, then they will have their best sixth man back on the floor.