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Preseason Game 2: Dallas Mavericks Travel Down I-45 To Face Rockets


Charlie V

James Nielsen – Houston Chronicle

While plenty of fans and media have written the Dallas Mavericks off heading into the 2015-2016 season, last night was no indication of those lingering fears being a reality. Despite the result, the Mavericks can take a lot from last night’s loss to the Denver Nuggets. Playing without four of their opening night starters in Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons, Wes Matthews, and Deron Williams, the Mavericks stayed competitive throughout. The Nuggets played their starters, and the Mavericks stayed right with them.


” You know, we turned the ball over a lot. Defensively, we can get better. But it’s a start, and we’ll kind of go from here and see where we can get better. Hopefully, we’ll get some more bodies in and get this thing going. – Devin Harris


As fun as that was to see some of our bench players getting some solid minutes, the Mavericks 1st round selection from this past draft never found his groove. Justin Anderson shot just 4 times, not getting one of them to fall through the basket.


Tonight, the Mavericks head down Interstate 45 to take on their “friends”, the Houston Rockets. They will once again be without the services of their main contributors. The Rockets also fell last night to the Memphis Grizzlies, and while this pales in comparison to the 1st-Round matchup from last season, the tension is always boiling when it comes to the Mavericks and Rockets taking the floor together.


Injury Update:


Chandler Parsons (right knee surgery) — Out

Deron Williams (left calf strain) — Out

Wesley Matthews (left Achilles surgery) — Out

JaVale McGee (left tibial stress fracture) — Out

Salah Mejri (fractured left fibula) — Out

Dirk Nowitzki (rest) — Out

Dwight Powell (left elbow sprain) — Out

How To Watch:


The game will tip off at 7 p.m. CT, but unfortunately won’t be televised locally. It can be heard on 103.3 FM ESPN.

Ryan Wilson founded Mavs Fanatic (Now Dallas Sports Fanatic) in January of 2012. He had a vision of starting something new and different. A place where fans of the Dallas Mavericks and fans of writing could come and be heard. A blog "Run By Fans For Fans". He is also a fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago WhiteSox (His hometown team). Mavs Fanatic is now known as Dallas Sports Fanatic, a blog that covers all of the major Dallas pro sports teams.    

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