Dallas Mavericks‘ Rick Carlisle and Dirk Nowitzki are back where we Mavs Fans for Life prefer for them to stay: the sideline and the court, respectively.
The outcome of this matchup was critical for the Mavs to claim a comeback after their defeats to Pacific Division teams earlier that week. First, they surrendered to the Sacramento Kings that Monday. Next, they lost their battle to the Golden State Warriors that Wednesday. Then on Saturday, the healthy coaches and players who participated proved that they still could pull out a win without Coach Carlisle and “Big D.”
Fortunately, Dallas was able to rebound from being beaten on the road. One factor that helped in a major way was Mavs center Brandan Wright, who made a statement season debut by leading in scoring when they beat the Bucks. Wright, who injured his shoulder shortly after the NBA 2013 preseason started, just returned to practice at the beginning of December.
What do both games that Wright has played since the tipoff of Mavericks Training Camp have in common? The consistent circumstance that took place when Wright was on the court is that he led his team in scoring. Too bad that Dallas lost in Wright’s pre-injury appearance in the preseason home opener against the New Orleans Pelicans, who the Mavs beat in their first-out-of-four away game in their most recent tour. This victory was the first time this season for the Mavericks to win their first game on the road, whether it was a single away game or the first out of a series.
Of course, after Saturday’s success, we MFFL still would much rather have both Carlisle and Nowitzki back in the game. The team simply is better with their best. Now that Wright has recovered and Carlisle and Nowitzki feel better, this world class franchise can continue pursuing their Finals goal as another championship is their collaborative vision.