The Troy Murphy experience begins on Saturday as the Dallas Mavericks host the Charlotte Bobcats in the team’s home opener. The Mavericks are 19-13, .594 win percentage, all-time in their first home game of the year, most recently falling to the Heat in last year’s home opener on 12/25/11. Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle holds an all-time record of 4-6, .400 win percentage, in home openers. Saturday will be the second time in the last three years that Dallas will face Charlotte in its first home game of the season, defeated Charlotte 101-86 at home to begin the 2010-11 season.
Here are some notes of interest heading towards the tip off between the Mavericks and 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.
This is the second time the Mavericks have faced the Bobcats within a span of eight days. In total, the two teams will meet 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 Saturday. The two teams will then square off for the final time in 2012-13 at Charlotte on 11/10/12.
It’s a Small World:
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. Troy Murphy and Bobcats guard Ramon Sessions were teammates on the L.A. Lakers for part of the 2011-12 season.
A milestone is on the horizon as Rick Carlisle holds an all-time record of 199-115, .634 win percentage, in the regular season with Dallas and is looking to become the third coach in franchise history to record 200 wins with the Mavericks. Carlisle, who is in his fifth season with Dallas, ranks third on the Mavericks’ all-time wins list behind recently inducted Hall of Famer Don Nelson, 339-251 record, .575 win percentage, and the franchise’s first-ever coach Dick Motta, 329-409 record, win percentage.446. Carlisle passed Avery Johnson, 194-70 record, .735 win percentage, for third place on Dallas’ all-time wins list with his 195th victory, a 112-103 win at Golden State, on 4/12/12.
The Mavericks have owned the Bobcats, as mentioned earlier. When asked at the team’s morning shootaround on Saturday if he’s seen a situation where one franchise has totally dominated another, Carlisle said, “I have no idea what you’re talking about and I don’t really care about that stuff, either. It has no bearing on tonight’s game.” He knows, he’s just not going to let it be a thought the team entertains as the game approaches.
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.