There are nights when things just seem dull and blah. Monday night was one of those nights.
The Mavericks beat the Indiana Pacers handedly 91-82.
The Mavericks were able to provide their starters with a half night’s workload. Jason Kidd was able to get some well deserved rest, as Rod Beaubois was able to get some experience. Monday night also was a night that the Dallas crowd was able to see DeShawn Stevenson play quality minutes.
Both looked good.
Brendan Haywood was outstanding, grabbing a career high 20 boards in really only two quarters of play. Who would have guessed that Haywood would come to Dallas and make such a quick impression? Haywood looks extremely comfortable in a Mavericks jersey.
Dampier is still weeks away from coming back, and even then he will be limited for awhile. Yet one has to get excited watching Haywood play, and fantasizing about if and when Eric Dampier comes back healthy. They could provide a powerful duo.
The crowd saw a lot of Najera, Beaubois, Carroll, Barea, and Stevenson. Carlisle sprinkled in some starters with the second team, and it was obvious that he wanted to give Jason Kidd most of the night off.
One thing this game provided was a look at the back-up point guard position. Rod Beaubois and J.J. Barea both got some court time, and neither one really impressed. The Mavericks are not going to be able to rely so heavily on Kidd night in and night out. There has to be more production from either Barea or Beaubois.
The Mavericks have won 4 straight, and are looking healthy (outside of Dampier), and coming together as a team. These light games are always helpful down the stretch.
The Mavericks will be well rested come Wednesday when the Los Angeles Lakers come to town.
No sparkle, no shine, no flash. A win is a win though.