“Oops, I did it again…”
In the words of Britney Spears’ played-out track, another blonde superstar could be singing those same lyrics: Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki, who definitely was a bombshell on the court against the Charlotte Bobcats. Charlotte, in turn, could chime in with these lines from Spears’ 15-year-old jam: “Hit me, Baby, one more time,” as in another defeat from Dallas.
At the American Airlines Center on Tuesday night for this Mavs-Cat fight, I was concerned about Nowitzki not getting off to a decent start, but as I remind us Mavs Fans for Life again: it’s all about the finishing touches.
During the first half I was on the edge of my seat wondering why Nowitzki was clearly off his A-game when he struggled with 1-of-10 shooting. Then he used the exact part of his anatomy that kept him from playing the Mavericks’ matchups against the Bobcats during the 2012-13 season: his knees, after his right knee underwent arthroscopic surgery. Once he started bending his knees, he found a little rhythm. Let’s just say that Dirk got his groove back by thinking on his toes and acting on his knees!
Another Maverick who got back into the groove was point guard Jose Calderon, who missed playing against his Spain teammate, Ricky Rubio, when Dallas hosted the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. He suffered from an ankle injury at the Atlanta Hawks, and his loss may have led to the Mavericks’ loss as they were ahead up until the point when he left the game.
All I can say is that the Mavs must keep their groove going as they travel to the New Orleans Pelicans next followed by three consecutive West Coast teams: the Portland Trail Blazers, the Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors. Show them the “Mavericks shuffle” on their hardwood, Dallas, as y’all school them on the “D-Town boogie.” Teach them your defense “dougie” in Cali Swag District.