The Dallas Mavericks return home from a road trip in which they split two games between the Indiana Pacers and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Mavs got blown out by Indiana by 20, and they proceeded to rebound and take the game against Cleveland by winning 103-95.
The back-to-back was very reflective of how the season has gone so far for the Mavs. They looked terrible, especially in the second half, against the Pacers, but they also showed poise and toughness as they held off a scrappy Cleveland team to win their first road game since opening night.
Now, the Mavs return home to play some tired opponents. The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers come to the American Airlines Center to tangle with the Mavs for the second time this year for each team. Before that however, Dallas gets a young, interesting Golden State team that will be playing on the second night of a back-to-back, as will New York and Los Angeles when they come to town.
Golden State is 5-5 so far this season and, like Dallas, the team has been up and down so far. Stephen Curry hasn't shot the ball well so far this season, but when healthy, Curry can score with the best in this league. The Mavs, who have had problems giving up dribble penetrations, will have to contend with Curry.
The Warriors will always be remembered for taking down the Mavs in the 2007 playoffs. In the first round that year, Dallas was the number one seed in the West facing the number eight seed. Golden State took down Dallas in six games.
Although no one on the current Warrior team was on the 2007 team, their style of play has not changed under second-year coach Mark Jackson. The Warriors love to get out and run and shoot the basketball. Dallas will have to be on their heals to keep up with this team.
The game can be seen on television on Fox Sports Southwest, and it can also be heard on the radio on 103.3 ESPNDallas. The game tips around 7:30 PM CT.Tags: Basketball, Dallas, Dallas Mavericks, David Lee, Elton Brand, NBA, Stephen Curry