Dallas Mavericks Will Storm On Oklahoma City Thunder

By Elaine J. Dispo
Dirk Nowitzki
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It’s raining Mavs, Hallelujah…

The Weather Girls’ “It’s Raining Men” song is the tune. A Dallas Mavericks win at the Oklahoma City Thunder is my forecast.

Another oldie but goodie just entered my mind: “Grease Lightning,” as in the Mavericks will strike D-Lightning at the Chesapeake Energy Arena when they visit the Thunder on Wednesday.

Uh oh, and now another one: Sweet’s “Ballroom Blitz” is on the brain. Think about the lyrics from this line: “Oh yeah, it was electric, so frantically hectic,” because Dallas will bring energy and electricity in full force to OKC’s floor in Big D’s fifth game of the NBA 2013-14 season.

Both teams will enter this exhibition with one loss so far, and the Mavs have a one-up over the Thunder with three victories for the former, as opposed to two for the latter. Dallas beat the Los Angeles Lakers at home on Tuesday. This was a matchup between previous Coaches of the Year and MVPs.

World class players who we can look to for electric performances include the projected starting lineup: power forward Dirk Nowitzki, small forward Shawn Marion, center Samuel Dalembert, shooting guard Monta Ellis and point guard Jose Calderon, as well as sixth man guard/forward Vince Carter.

My Tipoff Trio, which consists of Nowitzki, Marion and Carter, never disappoints.

Ellis, as Nowitzki, his Nowellis partner, described on Media Day, is “explosive,” which definitely cannot be disputed.

Also, on Media Day, Calderon mentioned the chemistry of the Mavs, who have meshed well together since the roster makeover in efforts to pursue another championship after winning one NBA Finals title in 2010-11.

Therefore, key words for the Mavericks to follow through for success as they roll into Thunder nation are: “raining,” “lightning,” “energy,” “electricity,” “explosive” and “chemistry.”

Mavs, drill these lightning bolts into your game against OKC: let the baskets rain by scoring, pivot and block to strike lightning, show your hardwood hustle of quickness and initiative with those three Es (energy, electricity, explosive) and demonstrate the Cs of chemistry plus connection and communication on the court.

Despite Dallas’ disadvantage of a six-game losing streak against OKC, this is a different team now. The Mavs are on a roll, so they must maintain momentum when they take on the Thunder.

Elaine Dispo is a Dallas Mavericks writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.

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