It’s only been a week since the Mavs hosted the Bobcats in their final preseason game and Dallas has been on the road, surprising the Lakers but losing to the Jazz. Charlotte begins their season Friday night against the Pacers then continues Saturday night in Dallas in the Mavs home opener.
Byron Mullins led the Bobcats in the preseason with 15 points a game and 7.8 rebounds and had a monster game against the Mavs. He is starting to look like the better side of the trade for Roddy Beaubois, who sprained his ankle again in practice Friday. Kemba Walker came on in the last part of the preseason scoring over 20 points in two of the last three games.
The Mavericks have been mostly inconsistent and have had stretches of real trouble shooting, rebounding and making turnovers. The Bobcats are not a strong team but the Mavs still need to get back to playing fundamentally solid basketball.
The addition of Troy Murphy should help with rebounding and spreading the floor since he is a superior outside shooter. With O. J. Mayo and especially Elton Brand struggling with their shot, having a big man able to hit from outside will be an asset; however it is yet to be determined how much game Murphy still has left and if he is in shape to play. It will also help to have another big man to relieve Brand, who looked tired against Utah.
It shouldn’t be a difficult game for the Mavericks and hopefully they won’t play as if it doesn’t matter.