Well, the Mavericks are playing much better tonight than they did last night, although if they played worse than last night, Mark Cuban would have been in a nastier mood than Oscar the Grouch.
The Mavericks are leading the Bucks, but then again, the Mavericks are supposed to be leading the Bucks. Milwaukee is playing without leading scorer Michael Redd, who is injured and out for the season and starting center Andrew Bogut. Dallas has a lead at 65-41 but the only good news is that there is no more bad news.
It's going to take quite awhile for the Mavericks to get over that nasty loss to a Spurs team without Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan. And the next three games are no-win situations for the Mavericks because they should win a home-and-home with Oke City and a Sunday night home game against Toronto. If they win, it's no big deal because they are supposed to win.
But next Tuesday and Wednesday are going to be fun. The Mavericks have the Spurs in Dallas on Tuesday then have to play at New Orleans on Wednesday. Once again, they have a chance to prove something -- but certainly not to critics who began writing them off in November.
Nope, the way they play against the Spurs and Hornets will tell the Mavericks a lot about themselves, and that's always a good experience to go through.
-- Jan Hubbard