The Mavericks started worrying fans in Dallas after another loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. A win against Cleveland stuffed the scare, but now Caron Butler has joined Dirk Nowitzki on the inactive list.
Butler had become an integral part of the Mavs, especially in Dirk Nowitzki’s absence. He hurt his knee in the first quarter against the Bucks on Saturday evening, and Coach Carlisle’s worst fears were confirmed on Sunday. The current diagnosis is a torn patellar tendon, and he is expected to miss about two months. Dirk Nowitzki is still listed as day-to-day, and the Mavs hope he will return either Tuesday against Portland, or Thursday against Oklahoma City.
Loss Saturday against Milwaukee
J.J. Barea, as you have probably figured out by now is my least favorite Maverick. The undersized guard can’t guard anyone over six feet tall, and he rarely is much of a threat offensively. He had his strongest performance of the season against the Bucks, shooting 11-21 and finishing with 29 points. Fellow shortstuff Earl Boykins had 26 of his own off the bench for the Bucks. Barea didn’t have much offensive help from the rest of the Mavs, as Jason Terry continued his slump and shot 3-15.
Win! Sunday in Cleveland
The offense was more well-rounded in the win against the Cavs. All five starters for the Mavs finished in double digits in scoring, Shawn Marion returned from a thigh contusion and led the Mavs with 23 points. Tyson Chandler assumed the rebounding role for the Mavs with 14; the Maverick with the next highest only had five.
Dominique Jones returned from the D-League and had 9 points in 21 minutes.
Jason Terry hopefully has reclaimed his shooting stroke for good. He shot 8-14 from the field, and led the Mavs in minutes with 35:51.
Antawn Jamison led Cleveland with 35 points, but he didn’t have much help. Ramon Sessions was the only other double digit scorer for the Cavaliers.