“Wow” moments are special, and you really should appreciate them. I had one watching the Mavericks play Orlando.
I saw J.J. Redick and Jason Williams play. That’s like seeing Corey Feldman and Corey Haim out and about. You think to yourself, “Wow, I forgot about them.”
Got to love “wow” moments.
Dallas Mavericks came in underdogs against the Orlando Magic, but came out winners. Using Jason Kidd as the “double down” guy on Dwight Howard, the Mavericks played solidly on the defensive side of the court for the second straight game.
The belief that as Dirk goes, so goes the Mavericks was thrown out the window, at least for tonight. The Mavericks made their most crucial run with Dirk on the bench.
For the second straight game the Mavericks have learned the meaning of balance. Jason Kidd, who played the whole second half, found his stroke and hit some crucial three point shots. Jason Terry filled in the holes and played well on both ends, and Shawn Marion supplied his typical high energy hustling type of play.
The Mavericks once again got a refund on their investment of bringing in Butler and Haywood. Caron Butler is proving to be a solid scoring option, allowing Dirk to take breaks on the bench. Brendan Haywood held his own against one of the best players in the league in Dwight Howard.
This is a big win. There is no other way to say it.
Playing in their typical home white jerseys, the Mavericks made the Amway Arena their home away from home. The Mavericks became the first Western Conference team to go into Orlando and come away with a win.
If the trade has done anything, it has breathed life into the veteran foundation. Kidd, Terry, Marion, and Nowitzki are no longer bearing the weight of the whole team. It will be interesting though to see if Carlisle continues to ask Kidd play big minutes.
This is a win that the Mavericks can build on. If the new additions can continue to add their support to the aging foundation, the Mavericks will become stronger to weather the storm the elite Western teams can create.