INDIANAPOLIS -- It took four games, but Gal Mekel finally turned in a solid respectable game for the Dallas Mavericks.
During Wednesday's 92-85 victory over the Indianapolis Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the rookie point guard from Israel collected seven points, six assists, three rebounds, one blocked shot and a preseason-low three turnovers. It was one of those outings the Mavs had been patiently waiting to see from a player who could be in their rotation this season.
"Gal’s making steady improvements,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "Tonight was by far his best game.
"He’s been pretty solid defensively most of the four games. Tonight he put together some good defense and some good offense and he’s continuing to work.''
Mekel has started all four games because of injuries to three other point guards -- Jose Calderon (hamstring), Devin Harris (toe) and Shane Larkin (ankle). But he struggled mightily the first three games as he tried to make the adjustments from playing pro baskebtall in Israel to the NBA.
"There’s a big learning curve when you go from playing in the Israel League to playing in the NBA,'' Carlisle said. "Tonight he looked like an NBA player.''
-- Dwain Price
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