The Dallas Mavericks were on roll in their home games for most of the first full month to start their NBA 2013-14 season. However, their home winning streak ended during Thanksgiving week. Did Turkey Day rolls interfere in this Dallas team sustaining its roll?
No, the Mavericks’ streak ended the when they lost to the Chicken … I mean, the Denver Nuggets. While the Mavericks could be grateful for winning their battle against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, they lost both of their post-Thanksgiving weekend games. Dallas surrendered to the Atlanta Hawks on Black Friday and the Minnesota Timberwolves back at home on Saturday.
Dallas has tended to lose their first road games, whether they be in an away series or one at a time. Now this struggle has moved into their home games and it must stop soon.
How do the Mavs get their mojo back? They must conjure it up by thinking on their toes and having backup plans. In the events of active players’ absences, most recently with regular starting point guard Jose Calderon‘s ankle injury, they must make sure that their reserves are ready to hit the floor running.
Coach Rick Carlisle took it upon himself to admit his accountability in not having the bench players prepared. Yet, these player must take initiative and make sure that they practice adequately so they can contribute at a moment’s notice. All of this will come in handy when their team counts on them to handle the ball on the court.