Monday’s Dallas Mavericks game was postponed which looks like a good thing
Things were getting ugly for the Dallas Mavericks. After the overtime win in Denver, one player popped on his COVID-19 test. Because of exposure, two additional players needed to stay behind until they could be cleared.
Sunday night the list of unavailable players increased to four, prompting the NBA to postpone Monday night’s Mavericks-Pelicans matchup as they investigated the situation to ensure everything was safe.
While no good can be gained by positive COVID tests of any type, some of the fallout and the inevitable postponement of a game could certainly bring positives.
Monday was supposed to be Kristaps Porzingis‘ first game in action this season. Postponing the game brought him another 48 hours of recovery time. It may not matter much but every little bit helps. The hiatus also helps Luka Doncic. He’s been carrying a larger workload this season without KP playing. A workload that was sure to grow with Maxi Kleber, Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Jalen Brunson all out for the foreseeable future while they go through the required process to return.
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From a personnel perspective, things were going downhill fast for Dallas and their season-long three-game winning streak was in jeopardy. With five players now out for COVID concerns, it was important to take a break and get a handle on the situation. And since as many as five could be out for as long 14 days each, the less games played in the next two weeks, the better.
Mark Cuban recently said on The Ticket he thinks Brunson is the only player who actually has to quarantine, indicating the fluidity of the situation and that the others could return sooner rather than latter. This is a situation where stalling works in the team’s favor in more ways than one.
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All indications are the Dallas Mavericks will be playing tonight against Charlotte. It’s unknown exactly who will be cleared to play but both Luka and KP should be rested and ready to roll.
It’s been roughly a week since the Dallas Mavericks have even been able to practice. The past week has been extremely dysfunctional for the Mavs and Monday’s postponement couldn’t have come at a better time.
This week hasn’t been ideal for the Dallas Mavericks but Monday’s postponement kept things from snowballing into something much worse. With any luck, the Mavs will come out of tonight with another win on their record and a step closer to getting their guys back