The weather in Texas has reeked havoc on many peoples lives this past week. Whether it was water, power, travel, or simple grocery shopping, it seems everyone was touched in some form or fashion. For the Dallas Mavericks, their season came to a screeching halt.
And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
There haven’t been many “bright sides” to point to in recent days (Heck, given the global pandemic, there hasn’t been many bright sides over the last year). But by canceling the Dallas Mavericks games last week, Dallas was given an eight day reprieve from the grind of the regular season.
The eight days off weren’t Club Med days or anything, and all indications are the Mavs practiced pretty intensely during their mid-season snow days. Perhaps too hard since Kristaps Porzingis was held out of action last night due to lower back stiffness.
The Dallas Mavericks took advantage of their eight-game break
But the team that took the court Monday night was a team rested and ready to play. They came out swinging and showed arguably their best defensive effort of the season. As you probably know by now, Dallas beat Memphis 102-92, but the score is fairly deceiving. The game was well in hand from the jump and offered rest to some of the team’s heavier lifters.
That’s a good thing since Dallas plays again tonight when they face off against Boston. One game away from .500, Dallas wants to keep the momentum up and hopefully seize a winning record by the weekend. Better defensive effort seems like a good way to do it.
Speaking of defensive effort, Kristaps Porzingis is a question mark heading into tonight’s game. Perhaps his back issue was just an excuse to keep from playing back to back nights. Perhaps it was an actual back issue that needs monitoring. Or perhaps it’s something else entirely.
Whatever it may be, we’ll know a lot more tonight as speculation swirls. The Dallas Mavericks are a much better offensive team when KP is on the floor but a much worse defensive team as well.
If KP can play with the same defensive fire his teammates showed last night, it could be a gamechanger for the Mavs tonight and going forward.
The eight days off this past week came at a good time for the Mavs. They got rested and ready to make a run and seem determined to not only get back in the playoff picture, but complete for a homecourt seed.
The Dallas Mavericks took advantage of their time off. Can it continue?