The Dallas Mavericks could easily be overlooking their game on Wednesday night. They are playing a team that allows an average of 96 points a game; good for a team that scores over a 100. They score less than 90; the Mavericks have held five opponents to 90 points or less including the world champion Lakers.
As easy as it could be to overlook the lackluster New Jersey Nets that is the last thing the Mavericks should do. The Mavericks will be faced with a team desperate to find something to cheer for, and right now the only thing the Nets can shoot for is not becoming a record breaking team 17 games into the 2009-2010 season. No one wants to be the team to start the season with the most losses in league history which the Nets will be staring in the face as they face off against the Mavericks at home in New Jersey.
Dallas is coming off a week where they have lost two and won two, but have managed to score more than 110 points a game and win both games on the road including a 113-92 win in Indiana Friday night. Dirk is playing like a man possessed, averaging 27 points a game and nearly 9 rebounds. Jason Kidd is finally starting to appear like the Kidd that fans expect to see after taking over the #2 slot in career assists almost a week ago. When Dampier has been healthy there has been no keeping him off the boards either.
New Jersey on the other hand, has been an exercise in futility. There have been games where they only suited up 8 players; 11 different players have notched time as starters with only one starting all 17 games. Continuity is an important thing in basketball and when so many different players are in the line-up continuity is something hard to come by.
This could be one of those games that a team could easily overlook and turn in a horrible performance in the process. This could also be one of those games in which the opponent could sneak up on you and give you a fight you are not ready for. This could also be one of those games that give your stars an opportunity to shine, and your bench players a chance to play some decent minutes.
Here’s hoping that the Mavs choose option ‘C’ come Wednesday night.