On Friday night, the Dallas Mavericks will get their first look at the Brooklyn Nets and head coach Jason Kidd. 2013 was a rough year for the Nets and first-year coach Kidd. The Nets finished 10-21 during the months of November and December. Coming into Friday, though, the Nets are one of the hottest teams in the NBA.
Not only will the Mavs be facing Kidd, but they will also be playing against Jason Terry. Both Kidd and Terry were on the Mavericks team that won the championship in 2011. Kidd, originally drafted by Dallas, returned in 2007 and was influential in helping defeat Miami for the title. Terry played with Dallas from 2004-2012.
Dallas is finishing up a three-game road trip in Brooklyn. It’s been a road trip full of emotions too. After having a 17-point lead against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, the Mavs had to hold on to defeat the Cavs. Wednesday, the Mavs squandered a 21-point lead to the Toronto Raptors as they lost 93-85.
In order for Dallas to have a winning road trip they are going to have to defeat one of the hottest teams in the NBA. During their 8-1 streak, the Nets have moved into seventh place in the Eastern Conference and in second place in their division. Hopefully Dallas can remember that they are still fighting for a playoff spot themselves. The Mavs have had a hard time closing out games and will have to do a better job if they want to escape with a win.