Dallas Mavericks news: Defense wins games and more

Dallas Mavericks DeAndre Jordan (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks DeAndre Jordan (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks center DeAndre Jordan discussed how the defense is sparking their recent run. Plus, a Wes Matthews injury update and all the links of the day.

The Dallas Mavericks are playing their best basketball of the season.  They have won two straight games including their first road victory of the year on Monday.  The Mavs have also won three of their last four.

Harrison Barnes finally getting back to full strength plays a massive factor in the recent run, but so does the Mavericks improved defense.  Dallas has held the opposition under 100 points twice in 13 games.  Their two most recent contests are the only times all season.  The Wizards scored exactly 100 in the Mavs first win in the last four games.  Tough defense is leading to victories.

Starting center DeAndre Jordan shared the following thoughts on the team’s recent defensive performances courtesy of Dwain Price.

See if the Dallas Mavericks can keep it going tonight in a home game against the Utah Jazz.

Matthews injury update

Wesley Matthews sat out against the Bulls on Monday with a hamstring injury.  He did not even make the trip to Chicago for the game.  That had fans worried that Matthews could miss significant time.  Here is what Coach Carlisle had to say after Tuesday’s practice.

Expect Matthews back this week.  He likely returns to his starting role and plays significant minutes, so continue to monitor his status.

Mavericks headlines from around FanSided

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Mavericks headlines from around the internet

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Mavs host annual Seats for Soldiers against the Jazz [Mavs.com- Dwain Price]

Why can’t DSJ always play as he did in the second half against Chicago? [Dallas Morning News- Eddie Sefko]

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