A few observations about the 99-83 win over the Clippers at
Brendan Haywood had his most assertive game of the season.
Ditto for Brian Cardinal. Those are two important pieces off the bench.
Shawn Marion had the play of the game when he slipped a pass
to Brendan Haywood for a monster jam in the fourth quarter. Those are the kind
of unselfish plays that lead to great team chemistry.
Aside from three consecutive turnovers late in the first
quarter, the Mavericks did a better job of taking care of the ball. They had 14
turnovers. Still not great. And as Dirk Nowitzki said: “We’re still
shooting ourselves in the foot with those.’’
Speaking of Nowitzki, he missed two more free throws and is
four for his last eight from the stripe after nailing 82 in a row going back
to last season. “I guess I better go see the free-throw
coach,’’ he said.
Note to Mark Cuban: The Clippers (and presumably the Lakers,
too) have video boards angled on the underside of the giant scoreboard so that
fans in the courtside seats can see what’s being shown, too. Pretty cool.
Jason Kidd threw in a 70-foot shot at the halftime buzzer.
It was nothing but net and put the Mavericks ahead 49-47. Didn’t seem
like enough. Don’t you usually get a car or a bunch of cash when you hit
one from the opposite free-throw line? I guess Kidd’s probably already
got enough cash and cars.
That deep roster the Mavericks are supposed to have?
Wasn’t evident against the Clippers in the first half. The Mavs’
bench was outscored 21-8. Former Texas Aggie DeAndre Jordan had 10 points and
four rebounds. The Mavericks equalized things in the second half and basically
got a push out of the reserve production.