DALLAS – With Dirk Nowitzki out for six weeks recovering from right knee surgery, the Dallas Mavericks will have to ban together until their superstar returns.
Points will be difficult for the Mavs to come by without Nowitzki, who scores a lot and often draws double-teams to free up a teammate for an open shot. But the remaining players know they’re talented enough to be a respectable outfit while Nowitzki is sidelined.
“We’ve got a good team and a good unit,’’ Mayo said. “Obviously with Dirk being out we’re going to have to stand up and we’re going to have to step up to the table and do what we need to do to maintain a winning atmosphere.’’
That winning atmosphere will be severely tested with Nowitzki in street clothes.
“We know we’ve got to play hard, and we know we’ve got to affect the game 94 feet on defense whenever we can,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. “But we’ve got to also play smart and we’ve got to play within our system.
“A lot of it is geared towards playing in a freelance dimension with some parameters. But when it gets time to execute we’re going to have to run stuff and execute it.’’
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