Following a full week of one home game followed by three away, the Dallas Mavericks will host the Washington Wizards on Tuesday, Nov. 12 before heading back on the road to Florida. They must maintain momentum, as they enter with a 4-3 record, and while I don’t see Washington as much of a threat at 2-4, it still imposes a challenge to which Dallas can rise.
This past week, they beat the Los Angeles Lakers in a reunion with point guard Steve Nash and head coach Mike D’Antoni, who used to coach small forward Shawn Marion and Nash with the Phoenix Suns. Nash played with my Tipoff Trio: power forward Dirk Nowitzki in the Mavs, as well as Marion and swingman Vince Carter in “Los Suns.”
Then Dallas took off for three consecutive out-of-state: first just one Texas tornado away against the Oklahoma City Thunder, next versus the Minnesota Timberwolves and finally at the Milwaukee Bucks.
When they visited OKC, whose Kevin Durant admired Nowitzki’s skills from afar as a child baller, Carter received an ejection, his first ever in the league, from throwing an elbow to center Steven Adams.
DeJuan Blair has proven himself to be a higher performing center than Samuel Dalembert, including when they played the Thunder, so why won’t head coach Rick Carlisle address this issue and start him already, especially after this defeat and the one after that?
Carter was suspended for one game, when the Mavs continued on to face the Timberwolves that includes the guard from their 2011 NBA Finals championship team, J.J. Barea. Spanish international guards, the Mavericks’ new starting PG Jose Calderon and Wolves’ starting PG Ricky Rubio also got to play on opposite sides.
Luckily, Dallas wrapped up the week by breaking even, 2-2, when they won against shooting guard Monta Ellis’ previous team in Milwaukee, which now has former Mav O.J. Mayo, who brought them short-term success last season.