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With the first week of the season over the Dallas Mavericks (2-1) have shown plenty of good and bad. The offense at times has been fluid and unstoppable. The defense against the Memphis Grizzlies was at its best when the Mavericks allowed allowed 16 first quarter points. As beautiful as the offense has been, it has been just as ugly, the Mavericks never got any form of rhythm or consistency against the Houston Rockets, and during the 2nd quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies the offense disappeared. The Defense has also been as ugly as it can get as they allowed 38 first quarter points to the Rockets.
Plenty to build and work on, so here’s some stats and notes from the first week of the season.
Dirk Nowitzki has scored 20+pts in all 3 games (23.3 pts/game)
Nowitzki has made the most 3’s with 7-12 (58%), Jae Crowder is second with 6-8 (75%), Crowder had 5 3’s in the 4th quarter vs the Rockets
Monta Ellis is tied with Dirk for a team high 23.3 pts/game and is averaging 3.67 assists and a team high 2.67 steals/game which include this game changer, and had a great debut with his 32pts & 8 assists game against the Atlanta Hawks.
Jose Calderon is averaging a team high 7.3 assists/game and 1.67 turnovers/game, a ratio of 4.3:1. Both at his career average
Calderon a career 48% overall and 39% 3pt shooter started the season 1-15, but was able to go 4-11 against the Memphis Grizzlies, increasing his average to 19% from the field and 27% from 3.
Shawn Marion(21pts, 14reb) & DeJuan Blair (11pts, 10reb) are the only Mavericks with a double double.
Marion also leads the team with 2 double-digit rebound games as he’s averaging 10.7 rebs/game to go along with his 13.3 pts/game
Samuel Dalembert is averaging 7+ rebounds/game and 8 pts/game. He was one rebound away against the Grizzlies to get his first double double.
Blair is 5th on the team in scoring with 9 pts/game to go with his 7 rebs/game.
Blair has more offensive rebounds (12) than he does defensive (9). Marion is second with 11 offensive rebounds.
The Mavericks bench is averaging 36.7 pts/game, which is without Brandan Wright and Devin Harris due to injuries. The bench has also outscored the opponents 110-97.
Vince Carter leads all bench scorers and is 4th on the team with a 12.67 pts/game average and has this great lob
Ellis has a team high 14 turnovers. No other Maverick has more than 5.
Ellis and Nowitzki have made a combined 42-47 (89%) free throws.
They’ve also combined for a lot of sweet plays such as this one.
As a team the Mavericks are averaging 111 pts/game but only shooting 44% from the field.
Mavericks opponents are averaging 107 pts/game and shooting 46% overall.
The Mavericks have been out rebounded 135-130.
Mavericks are averaging 15 turnovers a game compared to the 19 by their opponents.
The Mavericks attempted 100 shots against the Rockets and made only 38. The other two games they had 80 and 77 attempts.
Here’s at the Mavs’ upcoming week .