Two weeks ago, the Dallas Mavericks were coming off a three-game road trip that was rather disappointing. Dallas defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers but lost to the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets. During the road trip, head coach Rick Carlisle decided to rest Dirk Nowitzki during the game against Toronto.
Despite the loss to Brooklyn, the rest seemed to be doing Dirk some good. Since his rest day, Dirk has averaged just over 28 points per game and is shooting over 60 percent from the floor. More importantly for Dallas is the fact that they have won five out of their last six games.
Dallas, after their 103-81 win over the Utah Jazz, now head out for a three game road trip before the All-Star break. Dallas has games against the Boston Celtics, Charlotte Bobcats and Indiana Pacers. It’s not too far fetched to think Dallas could easily be on a six- game winning streak when they face off against the Pacers.
This is the first consistent run the Mavs have gone on all year long. This is the type of stretch, though, that Mark Cuban and Carlisle envisioned when they put this team together. Dirk is playing about the same as he did when the Mavs won the title in 2011. Defensively this team still needs some help, and that may be something they want to address at the trade deadline.
Right now though, Dallas is on a roll and they need to keep it going into the All-Star break. The team will have a chance to rest up for the stretch run. If Dirk is the example, this team will be on fire after getting some rest.