Whew. Remember what I said about the Mavs not having a worse loss all season than when they blew a 17-point lead in Atlanta last Friday? Almost had to retract, edit and … vomit.
The Bobcats, who have never in the history of ever won in Dallas, actually led the Mavs by 11 points in the second half. The Bobcats! Quick, name their coach and one player. If you said “Steve Clifford” and “Kemba Walker,” well, you cheated and looked it up.
“We’re lucky to survive that one,” Mavs’ coach Rick Carlisle said after the ugly, 89-82 escape.
Last night was not only an example of what a lull in energy can do in the NBA. It also displayed that, despite the numerous roster moves and off-season acquisitions, the Mavs remain a team that goes as Dirk Nowitzki goes. In the first half he missed nine of 10 shots. In the second half he made nine of 11 shots.
What, did he spend halftime on Skype with long-time mentor Holger Geschwindner?
Nope, it was a more simple solution. Explained Dirk to reporters in the American Airlines Center locker room, “I bent my knees better.”
The Mavs dominated the Bobcats (17-1) like no other team holds a spell over another in the NBA. Bullying, anyone? For the second time in a week, however, they had to get a dangerous wake-up call to beat an inferior opponent.
Will the sigh-of-relief win resonate? We’ll find out Wednesday night in New Orleans.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently writes a sports/guy stuff blog at DFWSportatorium.com and lives in McKinney with his fiancee, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.