DALLAS -- It was difficult to tell what the Dallas Mavericks got out of Wednesday's 98-88 victory over Atlanta which they can use when they open the season against the Hawks on Oct. 30.
The Hawks didn't play any of their starting five players -- some of them didn't even make the trip to Dallas. That left the Mavs to have to scramble against a bunch of players who probably won't be receiving a lot of playing time once the regular season starts.
Coach Rick Carlisle, however, said he learned that the Hawks have a lot of depth on their roster. And that depth pushed the Mavs (4-3) for most of the game.
"They've got guys who can shoot it,'' Carlisle said. "(Dennis) Schroder is a terrific prospect -- he played a really strong game.
"They sat the majority of the guys who have been in their rotation up until now, but the other guys they had on the bench played well. They were hungry and those guys will be ready.''
The Hawks were so hungry that Carlisle was concerned about how his own team reacted to the short-handed visitors.
"They had half of their team out tonight, and most of their better players,'' Carlisle said. "The thing that was concerning was early on they carried the action.
"They were playing better than we were. We adjusted when we got on their heels, but the goal has got to be to come out better, be more aggresive and be the ones carrying the action.''
-- Dwain Price
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