Two nights after a gutsy win against the Bucks, the Dallas Mavericks look to end the winning streak of the best team in the NBA, the Boston Celtics. Although it looks like a daunting task, anything is possible.
Tonight, the Dallas Mavericks host the Boston Celtics. Boston is a team currently streaking to new heights. The offseason addition of Kyrie Irving has proven to be just what was needed to keep the Celtic pride going strong.
And it’s probably for good measure.
Consequently, Kyrie Irving has stepped up into the ‘star role’ player of the team. The especially relevant injury to Gordon Hayward within the first minutes of a new season engulfed Kyrie to take upon the mantle. Now, sitting at a 15-2 record, the Boston Celtics look dangerous. Explosive weapons from all sides of the court make them difficult to defend.
Most noteworthy at number one, they have the best defense in the league, only allowing 94.4 points a game. At third place in rebound numbers (47.5), Al Horford, another offseason addition, continues to lead the team with 8.8 per game. Furthermore, rookie Jayson Tatum has thrived as a result of an increased role for the team.
Let’s not forget the “don’t quit” attitude of head coach, Brad Stevens. Beating the defending Eastern Conference champs is no easy task.
The Dallas Mavericks come in tonight riding the wave of a win against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. An up and coming team, lead by ‘Greek Freak’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks were simply outplayed. Rather than give up, the Mavericks showed defensive prowess by maintaining their assignments. Wes Matthews scored a season high 22 points, therefore helping the Mavs complete the upset.
How To Stop Boston
Is there a pedigree of design the Mavericks can follow to pull out the win?
First of all, I’m far from a head coach. Defending the best defense in the league seems like a head scratcher. Plain and simple, Dallas will need to be physical on all counts. They must out-hustle, out-rebound, and stay grounded on their rotations. Kyrie will be Kyrie; you simply can’t stop him from getting his.
Knowing that, the Mavericks must concentrate on taking out other pieces of the puzzle to bring the win streak to an end. In addition, Wes Matthews has to shoot lights out. Dennis Smith, Jr. will have a busy night defending Kyrie so someone else has to step into the fold to help. As a result, everyone must step up to get the win.
Finally, I’m hoping to see Nerlens Noel in the mix to create some mismatches down in the post. Most of all, don’t panic.
In conclusion, the streak of the Celtics will have to come to an end at some point. The Mavericks snapped a 4-game losing steak with the Bucks win. Why can’t they stop a 15-win streak of the Celtics tonight? Remember, anything is possible in the NBA.
The Dallas Mavericks will host the Boston Celtics at 7:30 pm at the American Airlines Center. Go Mavs!