DALLAS -– For a moment, the Dallas Mavericks appeared well on their way to jumping out of the gate with a 7-2 record.
After all, they were 4-2 going into last Saturday game against the Charlotte Bobcats. Following the game against the Bobcats, the Mavs had home games against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Washington Wizards.
But a not-so-funny thing happened to the Mavs on their way to 7-2. They have to beat Washington
at home Wednesday just to get to 5-4.
After dusting off the Bobcats, 126-99, back on Nov. 3, the Mavs were an amazing 16-0 against that franchise. But that didn’t faze the Bobcats, who overcame a four-point deficit in the final 26.6 seconds of regulation play to carve out a 101-97 win over the Mavs in overtime.
After that demoralizing loss, the Mavs came home Monday and lost, 90-82 to a Minnesota squad that was without Kevin Love, JJ Barea, Ricky Rubio, Brandon Roy and Chase Budinger.
Point guard Darren Collison said of the losses to the Bobcats and Timberwolves, “For me personally, its been tough. But we’re all competitors, so its been tough on my teammates, too.
“The NBA is about highs and lows. You’re going to be on the highs and you’re going to be on the lows, but at the same time it’s where you can learn from it. So our head is high, we’re very positive and optimistic about the next game, so we’ll be fine.’’
-- Dwain Price
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