The Mavericks won their second game in a row by overwhelming advantage of talent emphasized by the Bobcats being without Jason Richardson (day-to-day with an ankle injury). Charlotte, without an inside presence, was dominated inside losing the rebounding battle 50 to 34. Erick Dampier played less than 20 mins still pulled down 11 rebounds and had 3 blocks, while Josh Howard put up 21 pts in wonderful play within 17 feet. In a game that Dallas never trailed they were able to manage the tempo well except for one blemish – 17 turnovers. Luckily Charlotte couldn’t advantage and the Mavs coasted to a win.
This game was closer than it should have been. The Mavericks lack of communication on defense kept the Bobcats hopes alive for a comeback. Poor switching and helping on the defensive end allowed some pretty easy baskets. Add that a cold shooting by Jason Terry and the Bobcats had the possesions to make it a competition, but didn’t convert. Charlotte’s rookie DJ Augustine made some very exciting plays and looks to be in the beginning of a very successful pro career. Without any help inside Charlotte’s going to have a tough year in the Western Conference.
Most impressive in this game was how head coach Rick Carlisle managed it from start to finish. The days of playing Dirk, Josh, and other starters 40 mins a game are gone. He settled the Mavericks into a decent 10 man rotation that allowed plenty of rest for the big name guys while giving much needed experience to the teams younger talent. No player was in for less than 13 mins including one lineup, which was surprisingly effective, of JJ Barea, Terry, Howard, Bass, and James Singleton.
Dirk 37, Howard 35, Terry 34, Kidd 33, Bass 24
Dampier 19, Singleton 16, Barea 15, Green 14, Williams 13
Dallas shot 50% from the field and everyone got a chance to contribute. Dirk and Howard were as reliable as ever. Although Gerald Green isn’t knocking down shots he seems to be able to create his own at will. Shawne Williams is capable of hitting from beyond the arc and James Singleton shows a lot of energy around the rim. Limiting stupid mistakes and turnovers is vital for them to be successful (Kidd and Howard had 6 each). They will have to improve their team defense and force more turnovers against better teams.
- Don’t think Larry Brown is going to hang around Charlotte for very long. The guy has the attention span of my cat and will find something else as soon as a decent offer comes across his desk.
- Diop and Wright did not play due to Coach’s Decision