It’s reunion night as Brendan Haywood returns as the Charlotte Bobcats face the Dallas Mavericks play in the preseason finale. Bobcats center Brendan Haywood played in 154 games. started 81, for the Mavericks over the course of two-and-a-half seasons from 2010-12, averaging 5.4 points and 5.9 rebounds. Haywood was a member of the Mavericks’ 2011 NBA championship team. We will see the debut of Eddy Curry for the Mavericks. He should get extended minutes as Elton Brand sits due to be given the night off.
As of 6:15 pm, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Melvin Ely had not arrived at the arena.
Here are notes of interest as the Mavericks face the Bobcats.
The Mavericks have gone undefeated (15-0) against the Bobcats in the regular season since they expanded into the league in 2004. It’s the Mavericks’ longest active winning streak against any team. Dallas is the only team with a perfect record against the Bobcats. What’s more, no other team has recorded 10 consecutive wins against the Bobcats, Indiana has won its last nine meetings with Charlotte and Milwaukee won nine straight against the Bobcats from 2004-07). The Mavericks’ average margin of victory in the 15 wins over the Bobcats is 10.1 points. The Bobcats have never cracked the century mark against the Mavericks, Charlotte scored a series-high 99 points in the first-ever meeting between the two clubs on 1/21/05 but fell 105-99. The Mavericks are averaging 99.5 points per game in the all-time series, while the Bobcats are averaging 89.4 points per contest.
The Mavericks will face the Bobcats three times in a span of 16 days this year, including the preseason. Following the preseason meeting with Charlotte on 10/26/12, the Mavericks will play their regular-season home opener against the Bobcats on 11/3/12. The two teams will then square off for the final time in 2012-13 at Charlotte on 11/10/12.
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Bobcats guard Matt Carroll played for the Mavericks from 2009-10 and averaged 1.5 points and 5.7 minutes in 46 games with the club. Mavericks guard Vince Carter, 1995-98, and Mavericks big man Brandan Wright, 2006-07, played at the University of North Carolina. Wright was originally drafted by Charlotte with the eighth overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft, but had his draft rights traded to Golden State for Jason Richardson and the draft rights to Jermareo Davidson. Mavericks forward Elton Brand, 1997-99, and Mavericks guard Dahntay Jones, 2001-03, played at Duke University. Bobcats center DeSagana Diop played for the Mavericks on two separate occasions: from 2005-08 and again in 2008-09. Bobcats center Byron Mullens was originally drafted by the Mavericks with the 24th overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft but had his draft rights traded to Oklahoma City for Rodrigue Beaubois, 25th overall pick and a future second-round draft choice. Bobcats guard Ben Gordon played his rookie season (2004-05) with Mavericks center Eddy Curry in Chicago.
Eddy Curry will be the player in the spotlight tonight as he makes his debut for the Mavericks. Much of the attention around Curry has been his weight. He didn’t have a specific answer in regard to how much he weighs, but coach Rick Carlisle was pleased with what he saw in the team’s morning shootaround. “I don’t know his weight or his body fat numbers, but he looks slender and is moving real well,” Carlisle said. Curry will provide another different option at the center position. Kaman and Brand are known as guys who can work in the post and also have the capability to step out to 17 feet away and hit jumpers. Wright is known as the athletic big who can run the floor and potentially kiss the rim with his vertical. Curry will be known as the traditional big man who operates exclusively in the low post with his back to the basket. According to coach Carlisle, the team will need to recognize that they can get him the ball in the paint and he can catch it.
In regards to Delonte West, Carlisle said, “I’m not authorized to talk about. I’ve got to stay true to that directive. My feelings about Delonte are no secret.” Mark Cuban was authorized to talk about it and stated that the West situation is strictly up to him now as to whether or not he stays or goes. “There’s been no decision to waive him or anything,” Cuban said prior to the game. He said there’s a chance he could be a Mav again. He will continue to evaluate the situation and they’ll make a decision by Monday. West’s locker in the locker room remains in tact.
Bryan Gutierrez writes about sportsmen. He is a contributing writer for Mavs.com. Bryan also attended Ball So Hard University. You can follow him on Twitter @BallinWithBryan.