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The Dallas Mavericks (3-3) went 1-2 on the week, all of which took place in Big D. They were involved in a back and forth battle with the Toronto Raptors, but eventually their shooting went cold, and they dropped that game 102-91. Two nights later, they welcomed the Charlotte Hornets, where the “Chandler Parsons 2nd Half Experiment” proved to be a massive failure, as the Hornets stung the Mavericks, 108-94. Saturday night, the New Orleans Pelicans came to town, and were missing an array of players, but still managed to make a game out of it. Trailing by six at the half, Dallas outscored New Orleans by 15 in the 2nd Half, lead by Dirk Nowitzki and Deron Williams. The Mavericks now sit in the 9th spot in the Western Conference, which could be something we will be getting used to all season long.
Mavs Fanatic – Ryan Wilson: 15th (16th Last Week)
Look, we still don’t know what this team will be. Chandler Parsons is still on a minutes restriction, Williams and Matthews are still getting back into playing shape, and JaVale Mcgee still hasn’t made his Mavericks debut. Sometimes the Mavericks make scoring look easy, and other times, it is painful to watch. Oh wait a minute, DeAndre Jordan is coming to Dallas this Wednesday? PLAY BELOW MFFL’S!
ESPN – Marc Stein: 18th (16th Last Week)
Buckle up for Vengeance Wednesday, with DeAndre Jordan making his first appearance in Dallas since July’s unforgettable drama with LaMarcus Aldridge‘s first game in Portland as a Spur to follow. The Big D scene figures to contend for the NBA’s saltiest grudge-match game since LeBron’s first visit to Cleveland in Heat colors on Dec. 2, 2010.
CBS Sports – Matt Moore: 20th (18th Last Week)
That loss to the Hornets on Thursday was ugly. When they lose, they look completely outclassed, and two of their three wins were against teams with one combined win. The good news is their schedule is fairly balanced for the foreseeable future; that could give them time to shore up the many problem areas.
NBA.com – John Schuhmann: 20th (15th Last Week)
The Mavs’ third leading scorer isn’t Wesley Matthews or Chandler Parsons, or even J.J. Barea. It’s Dwight Powell, the 24-year-old big man who was seemingly a throw-in in the Rajon Rondo trade last December. He’s finishing like Tyson Chandler and even making some mid-range shots. The Mavs are plus-29 in 50 minutes with Powell and Dirk Nowitzki on the floor together.
Ball Don’t Lie (Yahoo Sports) – Kelly Dwyer: 14th (26th Last Week)
It’s nice to see, after four years of frustrations, the Dallas Mavericks finally sign a star to pair with Dirk Nowitzki.
NESN – Darren Hartwell: 17th (16th Last Week)
Deron Williams showed signs of life with 19 points in a win over the Pelicans on Saturday night.
Teamrankings.com – Power Ratings: 19th (19th Last Week)
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