The Dallas Mavericks started the season in about the same place they have stayed through the first 21 games. The ‘L’ column. Now, the Mavs look to seek vengeance for the first loss of the season.
The Dallas Mavericks have had a really difficult season, and the MFFLs maybe even more so. This offseason was a scary one for the Mavs as it went from looking really bright, to really bleak, to hopeful in a matter of weeks.
Then, right when things were seemingly falling in place, they all fell apart. Injuries to Deron Williams, Dirk Nowitzki, Andrew Bogut, Seth Curry, Devin Harris, and J.J. Barea took their toll on the team. It has never really been very bright since then.
Any team will tell you that injuries will always play a huge role in the success of a team. Dallas hasn’t just hit a tough spot in injuries, this looks more like it could be a curse. Maybe we are finally getting punished for breaking up the 2011 championship team.
Either way, the Mavericks started the season with a tough loss against a “better than their record” Indiana Pacers team led by Paul George. George, Jeff Teague, and Myles Turner make up a dangerous trio that the Mavericks really struggled stopping last time.
This time around, Dallas may be more of an athletic fit to slow down this team, but will they be ready to score? Coming off a nasty blowout loss to a “worse than their record” Sacramento Kings team, Dallas needs to bounce back in a big way tonight.
I believe that the Mavs are going to be ready to hit the ground running against this Pacers squad. They were humiliated a few nights ago and Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews are not going to let that happen again.
Rick Carlisle spoke with the team and made them all sit in the film room after the loss to the Kings just to watch them get beat up and humiliated by a -17 point differential in the 3rd quarter alone. By doing so, Carlisle made the point that this can’t happen to us again.
I think tonight, we will show that we are not going to let a team like the Pacers get the better of us again.
The Dallas Mavericks will faceoff against the Pacers tonight at 7:30 CT here in Dallas. As always, follow us on Twitter for live game updates and check the site after the game for a recap. Let’s go Mavs!