The Mavericks will try and extend their season-high winning streak to seven tonight against the Clippers, a team they have whipped mercilessly in recent history. They have won their last three games against the Clippers by an average of 18.3 points and have won six of their last eight against them. The Mavs are playing the second of back to backs, which have not been kind to them this season.
Season not going so well
The Clippers weren't exactly world beaters when they headed into Dallas last month, but they had overachieved to a 9-15 record. Since losing to the Mavs the first time, they have gone 1-6 with their only win coming against the 5-30 Timberwolves. They have the worst offense in the league and only average 92.6 points per game. They are also next to last in field-goal percentage and field-goals made and are near the bottom in three-pointers. Their defense is middle-of-the-road, but are a poor offensive rebounding team. If the Mavs continue to play defense like they have, the Clippers shouldn't present much of a road block, despite the travelling back-to-back.
Vote for Kaman!
Yao Ming deserves to be the starting center in the All-Star game this year, but surely Chris Kaman deserves better than being 10th out of 11 possible centers in All-Star voting. As of the last voting returns, he hasn't even busted 100,000 votes, which is just sad. The guy is third in the NBA in rebounding with 13.8 per game and third in blocks with 2.9. He's averaging 18 points and his overall numbers are top 15 in the league this year. But, because he plays on the stinky Clippers, he gets no love. There are seven days left to vote, go give the guy a hand, he needs one.
The last word we heard about Elton Brand's Achilles' tendon injury was in mid-December. He had just starting jumping off of both feet and did some light jogging and sounded optimistic. Brand had been saying earlier in the season that he was targeting a return in February, but his trainers have stressed that was a best-case scenario. They haven't released any new information in quite some time, so it's guess work right now as to whether or not he'll return or if the Clippers will shut him down for the season.
Random useless fact
Sam Cassell is now the third-oldest player active in the NBA behind Dikembe Mutombo (41) and Darrell Armstrong (39). Cassell turned 38 on Nov. 18 of last year.
-Scooter Hendon, Hoops Nerd