After a disappointing defeat by the Sacramento Kings on Monday, the Dallas Mavericks must make a comeback as they take their tour along the west coast to one more away game at the Golden State Warriors.
When Golden State visited Dallas two weeks before this upcoming meeting, the latter forged a victory at home. This win was a late golden gate light in the midst of their struggles through that Thanksgiving week to wrap up the month of November.
So far, December has been good to the Mavericks, with the exception of their most recent game. Let’s just say that the Kings gave the Mavs a rude awakening at Sac’s Sleep Train Center. Therefore, Dallas cannot bask in their glory of winning three straight and must sustain their momentum.
For a fellow Texas team, the San Antonio Spurs‘ secret to reaching championship status for the Western Conference five times and winning the NBA Finals after all but one of those appearances is that they remained undaunted by winning throughout the season and the playoffs until they took their game all the way. At this point, I recommend that the Mavs model this mentality that Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has instilled in his players.
Mavericks starting shooting guard Monta Ellis, who was sensational when shutting down the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night and led in scoring for Dallas in Sacramento, must step up his game against Golden State, where he started his professional career. When the Mavs hosted the Warriors, he only scored a measly four points, an amount that is uncharacteristic of his average 21.5 points per game. This is almost as many game starts that he has for Dallas, which is 100 percent of the 22 during the regular 2013-14 season at present. Oh yeah, bring that Monta Ball on, as an explosive Ellis and the Mavericks prepare for battle at the Oracle Arena.