Ten western conference teams entered the night with .500 or better records. Maverick's coach Rick Carlisle described the difficulty of…
Ten western conference teams entered the night with .500 or better records. Maverick’s coach Rick Carlisle described the difficulty of climbing the position as a war.
It was not a long time for Mavericks to strengthen what has become clearer since their 2-7 start: They are more armed for all forms of basketball war than most preseason forecasters believed.
Mavericks 111-102 victory over Portland at the American Airlines Center, a game where they scored double digits for most of the night was their ninth victory in the last 11 matches and 10 in the last 13.
Mavericks (12-10) has won eight straight at the American Airlines Center, the longest strike since the championship won nine in a row between January and March.
“Defensively, we play really well at home, with much energy,” said JJ Barea, a member of the championship team. “The fans have been good.”
“I think we like how we feel more comfortable and We are very confident that we will not lose to anyone at home. I think when you understand it and you find it, you have to roll it. I think we found it. “
All five Mavericks entrees were scored in double numbers led by rookie Luka Doncics 21
points. After Blazers rallied from a 19-point early fourth quarter deficit to 105-99, a Doncic step-back 3 pointer by 59 seconds left the game away.
All five Dallas reserves entered the match scored five to nine points, forward Maxi Kleber who contributed eight points, five rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block in just 15: 49 of court time.
“They’ve had impressive victories against really good teams,” said Blazer coach Terry Stotts. “They share the ball well, they have many good shooters and several gamblers and many guys who can hurt you on different nights. “
Still, Mavericks went on Tuesday Eighth in the West and, for their efforts, the night ended in seventh place with Blazers.
” It’s crazy, “said Stotts about conference logjam.” It will be interesting where it goes from H Ere.
“I mean, 14 layers of thick things, 20-a few games in, I’ve never seen anything like that. In some ways it’s cool. In other ways, you want some separation. But I think it’s going to go to show what everyone thought of going into the season – the West is very strong.
“And especially when looking at the fact that Houston and the Golden State have returned, it makes even more interesting.”
About Mavericksna continue to play this way, they will climb, gradually, but on Wednesday night they will have difficulty playing at New Orleans in the second game of back-to-back.
Mavericks are 10-1 in the game they have led in the fourth quarter, including 8-0 at home. They are on average 115 points at home – a round of last season when they, lost to a 5-17 start, lost nine of their first 11 home games.
“It’s time, “said swingman Wesley Matthews.” To be the team we want to be, we have to win a match back home. “
While climbing from his bad season start, Carlisle said that Mavericks has learned that they can win with different players who give offensive sparks, as long as the defense remains stapled.
“It’s not like it was the last two years,” he said. “We have better players. We have more depth so everyone sacrifices a little.” To win in this league, especially in the West, how it joins you must be willing to do these things. “
“There’s only one ball out there. It’s one of the things that makes the NBA basketball so great game is that everyone is focusing on the ball,” said Carlisle. But in the event that the ball is constantly moving, it’s still a beautiful game to watch. The teams that move it well also tend to be better teams. “
At the moment, Mavericks may not be one of the better teams, but they have become quite good.
Mouth woes: Before Tuesday’s game, six Mavericks were listed with a play status as “dubious” due to various bumps and bruises, but everyone was considered to play against Portland.
The most visible injury is that of guard JJ Barea, who has a fluffy upper lip and four stitches inside his mouth, with the permission of a walking elbow from Clipper’s Avery Bradley on Sunday.
Barea said the injury looks worse than it feels happy for him because it looks far from beautiful.
Then there is guard Dennis Smith Jr., who had a root canal and failed training Monday after getting one of his front teeth hit out Clippers.
Maverick’s athlete Casey Smith said Smith had a clear Invisalign orthodontic mouthpiece a The time he hit in his mouth. This made it possible for the medical staff to insert the broken teeth into Invisalign and back into Smith’s mouth so that he could complete the game.