I’m trying my hardest to not overreact to one game but it’s easy to be optimistic about the Mavericks this season.
Dallas beat Phoenix by a very comfortable margin last night. The thing that made me the most optimistic about the season was that it wasn’t Dirk that was leading the charge offensively. It wasn’t Parsons (out with an injury). It wasn’t Matthews. It was Raymond Felton leading the way for the Mavs.
Felton ended the game with a team-high 18 pts and also added 6 assists. He had the full arsenal at work last night: from the pull-up game to the dribble drive. He hit a couple three pointers as well.
Fellow member of the backcourt Deron Williams looked good too in limited minutes. He had 12 pts and 7 assists but had to leave the game early due to a knee injury. It didn’t seem serious but the Mavs will keep an eye on him in the next couple of games.
Rick Carlisle’s teams have always been about team defense and scoring by committee. This season those two things are going to be essential for season-long success.
Felton may have had a good game last night but tonight I think another player will step up and lead the way. That’s just how the Mavs do.
Going 0-for in the preseason concerned a lot of people. But if you ever had doubt that Rick would have these guys ready for the season then you haven’t been watching Mavs basketball recently. These guys will be competitive. Of course they won’t win every game but they will compete and keep most games close.
Coming up tonight is going to be a true test of what these Mavs are made of.
DeAndre Jor… I don’t even want to say that guys name and the Clippers are hosting the Mavs tonight @ 9:30 CT.
This will be the first time the Clippers center has played Dallas since spurning them in the offseason to return to L.A.
PG – D. Williams (game-time decision)
SG – R. Felton
SF – W. Matthews
PF – D. Nowitzki
C – Z. Pachulia
*UPDATE* Deron Williams and Wes Matthews have been ruled out for the game tonight.
PG – C. Paul
SG – J. Reddick
SF – L. Stephenson
PF – B. Griffin
C – D. Jordan
Javale McGee is out. Chandler Parsons is also out.
See you all at tip-off. The Mavs get the TNT crew tonight.
Thanks for reading.