DALLAS -- They ran up and down the court for 12 minutes Friday night before a sparse crowd at American Airlines Center.
Nothing really spectacular came out of the Mavs' Blue-White scrimmage, which the Blue won, 31-15. For the Mavs, the main thing is that no one got hurt.
The Mavs have enough critical injuries already -- all in one position -- as point guards Jose Calderon, Devin Harris and rookie Shane Larkin watched the scrimmage from the sidelines while nursing various injuries.
While Harris and Larkin will be out for awhile after recuperating from offseason surgery, the Mavs expect to have Calderon back for Sunday morning's practice session. That meant the backcourt duo of Monta Ellis and Calderon was put on hold until the Mavs are sure Calderon's sore left hamstring won't give him any more problems.
Ellis, though, shined at times Friday and showed the fans his ability to dart to the hole with the best of them.
"Monta's had a really good four or five days,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "He's just been aggressive, he's been a leader on the team.
"Defensively, he's been into the ball, he's been attacking, and so he's going to help us an awful lot.''
Forward Renaldo Balkman also was a spark, although the Mavs will have to make a trade or eat one of those 15 guaranteed contracts if they hope to retain his services.
"Balkman is aggressive, he plays within himself,'' Carlisle said. "He knows his game, he knocked in a couple from outside.
"He's not afraid of contact. He's an NBA player and we'll see how the whole thing shakes out.''
What stood out mostly on Friday was the Mavs' ability to push the ball up the court at a quick pace. That tempo, which generally leads to easy buckets inside the paint, is the style that'll drive the Mavs this season.
"We want it fast, we want to be in an attacking re-active mode as frequently as possible,'' Carlisle said. "Again, this is day four of 181 days.
"We're early on into it, but we made some progress and we'll keep working to make more.''
-- Dwain Price
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