“The Matrix” welcomed the fans, wished them a “Happy Halloween” and said:
Let’s take this trip on the road, baby.” — Shawn Marion, No. 00, SG
What trip was “The Matrix” referring to at this Wednesday, Oct. 30 game?
I believe that he meant the road back to the NBA Finals, which he helped power forward Dirk Nowitzki and the rest of their teammates win in 2011.
Of course, Dallas very well could be viable contenders for the Larry O’Brien trophy again come 2014 with new players on board, on court and on point.
The Mavs finished their eight-game preseason with a .500 win-loss record, 1-3 at home and 3-1 on the road, including a pace set by Matrix when they faced the Indiana Pacers. If they can keep up a similar advantage of accumulating a vast majority of victorious away games during this regular season as they did during the preseason, then “this trip on the road” that Marion speaks of can lead them to the playoffs.
Dallas ended up sending the Hawks flying home to Atlanta – both in the preseason and this season opener – so the Mavericks are off to a strong start so far. Now they continue on taking “this trip on the road” to visit the Houston Rockets on Friday.
After the end of regulation on Wednesday, the Fox Sports Southwest’s Mavericks Postgame co-hosts called Dallas’ performance “cerebral.” Now that is another interesting word choice, which attests to the intellect of the Mavs, who most certainly played smart basketball to open the season.
At the postgame press conference, head coach Rick Carlisle called it a “ball buster” game. Luckily, the Mavs were the busters instead of the bustees.
I say to you, Matrix: “Your tip(off) was a trip!” Keep this trip going full blast, Mavs!