Dallas Mavericks‘ Brandan Wright comes back at the right time: on Saturday night.
Actually, I initially thought that a better time for his return could have been earlier in the week. This was when the Mavs visited the Sacramento Kings on Monday and the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. Wright could have helped lead the team to a win.
However, Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle did not deem Wright to be ready to play then and thought it would be in his best interest to hold off after returning to practice since his shoulder fracture during training camp.
On the plus side, Wright led the Mavericks in scoring as they beat the Milwaukee Bucks for the second time this season.
So, yes, indeed, Wright returned at the right time, when the Mavs needed him the most because they could not continue this losing streak, on top of losing key members of their franchise on Saturday night.
Wright subbed for Dallas starting center DeJuan Blair. As I mentioned earlier this season, a change in the starting lineup would benefit the Mavs. Also, Samuel Dalembert, who previously started as center, was on the “Do Not Play” list for Saturday.
Assistant coach Monte Mathis, who took over Carlisle’s post in the head coach‘s absence, was glad to have Wright back on board, so I shall wrap up this bad boy on another good note with this quote (via ESPN).
His athleticism on defense, on offense and all those in-between shots that we know he’s really good at, he showed us that again. He did a great job with the game plan and the schemes on defense. He’s just an experienced guy…