The Dallas Mavericks never seem to skip a beat, but can they stand the heat? Yes the Mavs can, and they will warm us up with momentum and magic with their Mav Mix all holiday – and hopefully, NBA – season long.
This week, the Mavs have only one home game before they take a trip to visit some of the other Western Conference teams. After Dallas’ series of road games, the team will return to their American Airlines Center to host new shining star Monta Ellis‘ previous team and Eastern Conference contender, the Milwaukee Bucks, on Saturday, December 14.
First, the Mavericks’ next guest will be the Charlotte Bobcats, on Tuesday, Dec. 3. This team from the East has as many defeats as Dallas has victories and vice versa currently at 8-10 and 10-8, respectively.
Next, the Mavericks head to fellow Southwest Division team, the 8-8 New Orleans Pelicans, on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The newly-named Pelicans won their most recent meeting, which was the Mavs’ preseason home opener, on Monday, Oct. 7. Then they trail off to the West Coast for Northwest Division contender, the 14-3 Portland Trail Blazers, on Saturday, Dec. 7. Let us Mavs Fans for Life hope that Dallas maintains offense and defense mode at the New Orleans Arena and the Moda Center to keep the Pelicans and the Trail Blazers at bay.
While the Mavs coast the West, they will proceed onto the Pacific Division to first face the 4-11 Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena where I anticipate that Dallas will put the Kings to sleep in their own Sacramento throne. Lastly, they play the Golden State Warriors, who share the same record, with one of their losses being to Dallas on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Hopefully, the Mavericks will fly home victorious from their battle against the Warriors at the Oracle Arena.
What does Dallas need to do well while away? The Mavs must have all of their active teammates ready to play and to stay healthy while their injured key players recover. It is also imperative for head coach Rick Carlisle to have alternative plans in case the team’s first courses of action do not work. Carlisle should have those “nail in the horse’s head” moments either from “aha” or “trial-and-error.”
Speaking of horses, in particular, the Mavericks, consider this saying: “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” Instead, look a gift Maverick in the hands that dribble, pass or shoot into the hoop and in the feet that run and pivot on the floor. That is what we expect to see: Dallas and Dirk (as in powerful All-Star-worthy power forward Dirk Nowitzki, play-maker and history-maker) to do work on the court with their hardwood hustle and flow.