Everyone will tell you to take everything you see happen in the NBA preseason with a grain of salt, and for the most part, that's the correct line of thinking.
But even considering how different the regular season is from preseason, not many would've thought the Dallas Mavericks would get whooped in Atlanta by 26 points on opening night after the promise and overall effort level the team showed during their 4-0 preseason stretch.
On this episode, hosts Dalton Trigg and Matt Galatzan are joined by DallasBasketball.com colleagues Grant Afseth and Lance Roberson to recap the Mavs' deflating 113-87 opening-night loss to the Hawks on the road.
*How long will Dwight Powell stay in the starting lineup next to Kristaps Porzingis?
*What are some positives, if any, that can be taken away from this game?
*Will Luka Doncic (who delivers his game summary here) bounce back against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday after having a subpar performance by his standards?
BREAKING: Goran Dragic Leaves Raptors; Will Mavs Make Trade?
This is a situation you don't see so often: A twisted potential bidding war for a Raptor who doesn't even play
Hobbled Doncic Not Enough in Mavs' 120-114 Loss to Wizards
Coming off a big road win, Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis and the Dallas Mavericks couldn't keep the winning ways alive in a 120-114 loss.
Jalen Brunson OUT as Mavs Defend Home Court: GAMEDAY Wizards at Dallas
After a three-day break, the Dallas Mavericks host the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.
*What does new coach Jason Kidd (with his mid-range shooting strategy not quite working here) need to differently going forward aside from maybe tweaking the starting lineup?
Will Reggie Bullock be a bigger part of the action going forward?
All that and more is discussed right here:
As always, thanks for listening, and be sure to:
- SUBSCRIBE to the Mavs Step Back Podcast on your favorite podcast platform. We're on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and many more platforms.
- FOLLOW @dalton_trigg & @matt_galatzan on Twitter
- LEAVE A REVIEW on Apple Podcasts for a chance at winning a Mavs Step Back t-shirt. Be sure to include your Twitter account name in the review!