Four street games is a small example size, however how the Mavericks have performed in those games rather than how they have played at home is confusing.
Street midpoints: 125.3 points, 47% shooting, 11.5 turnovers.
Home: 109.2 points, 37% shooting, 16.4 turnovers.
Not long from now, Dallas can refocus on its woes at home, where it is 2-3, yet for the time being they’d love to take their 4-0 road magic into Monday night’s down against 7-1 Boston at TD Garden, and again Thursday night against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Swingman Tim Hardaway Jr., who scored a season-high 20 in Saturday night’s victory succeed at Memphis, said that for reasons unknown the Mavericks have had a superior degree of center in street games.
“We let a couple get away from us at home,” he said. “We have to do a better job at home and continue to play how we are playing on the road.”
Mentor Rick Carlisle promptly concedes the Mavericks’ initial street rivals have been “one of the favoring parts of the schedule.”
Three of the road victims – New Orleans, Cleveland and Memphis – were a joined 5-19 entering Sunday’s games. The other street win was over a Denver group that played the earlier night while Dallas rested.
Dallas has not been rest-impeded in any of its nine games, nor will that be the situation for the following 11 games. Boston, however, hasn’t lost since its season opener at Philadelphia.
“Obviously it’s a really good team that we are going against,” said forward Justin Jackson, who is falling off a 17-point game against Memphis. “So it’s just going in there and playing together, playing hard, and take every possession seriously and try to come out with the win.”
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