It was a reasonable first step in the Mavericks' recovery from their unprecedented playoff loss last May to the bottom-seeded Warriors. There are going to be complaints that the Mavs should have redeemed themselves emphatically with a blowout win, but that's not realistic. That's the equivalent of saying that the Warriors benefited from a fluke last spring, when in fact it was no such thing. The Warriors have the coach, the style and the quarterback in
The Mavs would be delusional to assume that they could suddenly throw a 20-point whipping on this team.
The difference this time was that the Mavs steadied themselves enough to make big shots in the final quarter. The key possession came in the final minute when Nowitzki drew in the defense before swinging the ball wide to
As they work their way through this season, the Mavs will have to improve their half-court discipline. Nowitzki will need to make better decisions from the post if they want to control tempo in the playoffs against teams like the Warriors, Suns and Nuggets. But no one could expect them to resolve all of their issues in the second week of the season.
All that matters here is that Dallas avoided humiliation in what felt like a must-win game for the Warriors (0-5). If they can steadily ratchet up their execution at both ends each time they face Golden State this season, then the Mavs will be able to look back on this win as the start of something good.
Of course not. Table the question until
But the real issue is timing: Shaq has been pacing himself through these opening months for years now, and at his age he can't be expected to suddenly change his rhythm just because Miami let perimeter threats
They're getting by, but that will change the longer he remains unsigned.
The Cavs have been competitive despite the absences of Varejao and