After a victorious stop in The Fatherland, the Mavericks moved on to Barcelona and played a very solid FG Barcelona team in a game of wild swings, eventually falling 99-85. The Mavs played without Dirk Nowitzki and clearly didn’t look sharp; however there were a few bright spots.
Chris Kaman had his second solid outing with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Darren Collison also matched is first game total with 14 points and added 4 assists.
Although he didn’t shoot well, Brandan Wright scored 4 points and had 6 rebounds in only 17 minutes despite not being anywhere near full strength. Rookie Jared Cunningham also saw his first action and scored 7 points in just 14 minutes.
The Mavericks cut their egregious turnover total in half – 26 to 13 from the previous game.
Overall the Mavs shot very poorly, hitting only 40% from the field and an anemic 56.3% from the line. Only Delonte West (3 of 4) made better than half of his field goals.
Brandan Wright acknowledged he may need to sit out for an additional period in order to get back to full strength and Roddy Beausbois remains out with an ankle injury.
While several players didn’t shoot well, O. J. Mayo hit the cellar, going 0-7 and hitting one free throw for a total of 1 point to go with 2 rebounds. Mayo scored 8 in the previous game but only hit 2 of 6, so clearly he needs to find his groove.
Sitting out with a sore knee, Dirk is the source of all sorts of speculation as to what happens next. Facing a similar situation to last year, it appears to be a wait-and-see situation. In 2011 he took off four games for rehab and then returned to form for the rest of the season but the long-term prognosis for a lingering problem may be entirely different.
Many observers feel that the Mavericks could be dark horse contenders this season but that is going to entail all the pieces falling into place rather than falling apart, which is what the preseason is starting to look like.
The Mavericks return to the Lone Star State for the first home game of the preseason, welcoming Jeremy Lin and the revamped Houston Rockets on October 15th.