“i m in ur internet, clogin ur tubes.”
Last night I learned the dangers of putting all your eggs in one basket. I typically partake of my Dallas Mavericks through NBA League Pass Broadband, but having spotty internet prevented me from watching the game, even in archive.
At this point in the season, I refuse to play catch up. I could have a real recap for you tonight or maybe tomorrow, but what’s the point? This is the internets, and if information is 15 minutes late it’s already irrelevant. Comes with the territory, I guess.
On the bright side, it’s a great opportunity to hear your thoughts on the game. You know the drill: tell me some of the little things that made the Mavs’ win last night notable. Whose contributions didn’t show up in the box score? Who gets player of the game honors? How limited did Stephen Jackson look given his injury? What’s your estimate of Don Nelson’s blood alcohol level?
Here are my superficial observations:
- Erick Dampier made his return to the tune of 8 points, 10 rebounds, and a +11 for the night. Not too shabby against a team that he’s not supposed to be able to play against. Although, for what it’s worth, not having to chase Al Harrington to the three point line or box out Andris Biedrins from getting to the offensive glass is helpful. Ronny Turiaf and Brandan Wright don’t have evident means of punishing Dampier offensively, so giving him some burn against a team like this seems like a no-brainer.
- Dirk, JET, and Kidd all played less than 35 minutes (33, 32, and 31 respectively), giving them some much needed rest. Those three are going to have to be in better than top shape if Dallas wants a shot at anyone in the playoffs.
- J.J. Barea for the win. 20 points (8-13 FG), 7 assists, and 3 steals. From my understanding he was every bit the Mavs’ sparkplug, which is precisely the role he needs to fill.
- Gerald Green supposedly logged some meaningful minutes, but let’s not throw a party just yet, kay?
So fill up the comments guys. What should I look for/make special note of when I’m watching this one?