Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavs Go Streaking; Jaden Hardy and McKinley Wright IV shine for Texas legends
NOVEMBER 5 MAVS SERIES; WRIGHT SHINES FOR LEGENDS
The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Toronto Raptors in a thrilling victory 111-110 at the American Airlines Center Friday night. Luka Doncic has become just the second player in league history behind Wilt Chamberlain to start a season with eight straight scoring 30-plus points. Doncic finished the night with 35 points on just 15 shot attempts in 37 minutes. His magical night featured several hard hits, including a running hook shot he gave us a glimpse of during the EuroBasket game for Slovenia this summer.
After starting the season 1-2, the Mavs have now won four of their last five games and three in a row. They’ll be looking for a four-game winning streak against the dysfunctional Brooklyn Nets on Monday night at the AAC.
Meanwhile, Mavs rookie Jaden Hardy and two-way contract player McKinley Wright IV also had a night out for the Texas Legends. Against the Austin Spurs, Hardy, who was on a G League mission last night, finished with 23 points on a 7-17 shot. Wright was able to get into the paint at will and finished with 29 points, two rebounds, three assists and a steal in the season-opening 120-113 victory. He shot 10-18 from the field.
NBA THURSDAY NIGHT RECAP NOVEMBER 4 + FRIDAY SLATE PREVIEW
Dalton Trigg is back with another episode of “Morning Coffee” starring Mavs step back to recap all the Thursday night action and anticipate what’s in store for Friday night.
The defending champions Golden State Warriors lost to the Orlando Magic on Thursday, dropping their young season record to 3-6. The Magic are a young and talented team, as the Dallas Mavericks discovered on Sunday when they had to pull out a 114-105 victory, but giving up 130 points to them like Golden State did seems blatant.
Listen to the recap of that game here, with Nikola Jokic joining Luka Doncic as the second NBA player to be mentioned alongside Wilt Chamberlain this week, a preview of the Mavs game with the scorching Toronto Raptorsbrooklyn nets suspend Kyrie Irving and much more!
NOV 3 CUBAN IS AN OWNER!
The VIBE Pickleball League announces its launch and the league has its first team owner: Dallas Mavericks billionaire boss Mark Cuban.
“Like millions of other Americans, I’ve followed pickleball for the past few years, and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to invest in the fastest growing game in the country,” said Cuban in a statement. “VIBE presents an unprecedented opportunity to launch a new professional league that will feature the best of the best in a highly competitive setting. I look forward to being a part of it.
The VIBE Pickleball League will apparently have national TV deals, all part of the growing phenomenon of the tennis-like sport.
NBA WEDNESDAY NIGHT RECAP NOVEMBER 3
The NBA was busy on Wednesday night, as 11 games took place. Luka Doncic joins Wilt Chamberlain in rare scoring history to start a season as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Utah Jazz 103-100 at the American Airlines Center. Christian Wood and Spencer Dinwiddie combined for 41 points to help Doncic.
In the meantime, don’t watch now, but LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are on a streak as they have now won two straight after Wednesday’s overtime win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Matt Ryan played the hero role late in regulation, as he hit an unbalanced 3-pointer from the corner to send the game into OT.
Listen to today’s episode of “Morning Coffee” with Mavs step back as Dalton Trigg recaps those two matches, as well as the nine others that have taken place:
TUESDAY NIGHT NBA SLATE NOVEMBER 2 RECAP
Dalton Trigg recaps the NBA’s Tuesday night slate, which includes the ongoing struggles of the Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors.
Fresh out of part ways with coach Steve Nash, the Nets crumbled in the fourth quarter of their game against the Chicago Bull as Zach LaVine dominated. The defending champion Warriors fell to 3-5 this season and 0-4 on the road in a loss to the Miami Heat.
Both of these games and everything in between are covered here:
Stay tuned to DallasBasketball.com all day Wednesday for game day coverage as the Dallas Mavericks prepare to face the Utah Jazz.
NBA SUMMARY NOVEMBER 1; WATCH ON MAVS-JAZZ
Dalton Trigg breaks down all the action that unfolded in the NBA last night on the Mavs Step Back Podcast. Topics include the Utah Jazz surge that blew up the Memphis Grizzlies, Trae Young had a game to forget in the Atlanta Hawks’ blowout loss to the Toronto Raptors, Giannis Antetokounmpo helped the Milwaukee Bucks survive to the young Detroit Pistons to remain undefeated, and many, many Continued!
Listen to the entire Monday Night Slate Roundup, plus a preview of the Dallas Mavericks’ game against the Jazz on Wednesday, here:
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OCT 29 MCGEE COULD GET THE NIGHT; POWELL STARTS ON WOOD?
According ESPN’s Tim MacMahonDallas Mavericks consider giving starting center off against the Oklahoma City Thunder since it’s the first night of a back-to-back. If so, one would assume that Christian Wood, who has been stellar for Dallas so far this seasonwould start the call on Saturday night, but it seems that is not the case.
“(The) Mavericks plan to start Dwight Powell at center against OKC tonight and give JaVale McGee a night off, sources said. The plan at this point is for Christian Wood to stay in the sixth man role where he flourished”, MacMahon tweeted.
In four games, Wood is averaging 21 points and eight rebounds in under 26 minutes per game. Even though the Mavs want to keep him in his bench role to better balance the score across the board, coach Jason Kidd should consider increasing Wood’s minutes into the 30-minute range. It’s only a four-minute difference, but it could have been the difference in the Mavs’ two-point losses to the Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans.
OCT 28 MAVS TO HONOR LONGTIME FORMER EXECUTIVE KEITH GRANT
When the Dallas Mavericks face the Orlando Magic on Sunday at the American Airlines Center, former manager Keith Grant will be honored.
“Keith Grant is an original Dallas Maverick and has been the backbone and heart of our organization for 42 years,” Mavs owner Mark Cuban said. “He is an absolute legend and we are delighted to honor him on Sunday.”
Grant spent 42 years with the Mavs in multiple roles. He started out in the scouting department in the 80s and early 90s, then in 1996 he became vice president of basketball operations. Grant also served as assistant general manager from 1998 until his recent retirement.
27 OCT DSJ LOOKS TO THE NFL?
As the Dallas Mavericks struggle to find a suitable third running back, Dennis Smith Jr. — who would have immediately signed with the Mavs in the offseason if offered a deal — thrives with the Charlotte Hornets until present this season. In four games, Smith averaged 13.5 points, 6.3 assists and 2.3 steals while shooting 52% from the field and 50% from deep.
Had Smith not received another NBA opportunity this offseason, his next stop would have been to try out for the NFL.
“I told my old agent, ‘I’m not going overseas,'” Smith said. “If shit doesn’t work, I just go to the NFL. I was very serious. I gained a lot of weight. I was going to try.
“People were just trying to write me off. I know I am young. I have the time. I have confidence in myself. »
Despite our best efforts to open the Mavs’ eyes to the potential success a DSJ-in-Dallas reunion would have been, they chose to move on. Nothing against Facu Campazzo, but the addition of a taller, more athletic, two-way point guard who is just 24, is friends with Luka Doncic and is on record less than two months ago saying he’d rather come back to the Mavs …probably would have been the best decision.
Alas, things went the way they did, and we’re happy to see Smith thriving in his home country.
24 OCT. PELS BANGED UP VS. MAVS
The Dallas Mavericks and the New Orleans Pelicans play Tuesday night in what was supposed to be a potentially very powerful Instant Classic. While that may still be the case, the match is losing its juice due to injuries.
On Monday, the Pelicans announced that star forward Brandon Ingram had entered NBA concussion protocol and would not play against the Mavs. Ingram was injured in a home loss to the Utah Jazz on Sunday night.
Zion Williamson and Herb Jones were also hampered in the game against the Jazz. Both Williamson (hip/back contusion) and Jones (hyperextended knee) are listed as questionable for the game against Dallas.
We’ll see how it all plays out, but for now, it looks like our chances of seeing Luka Doncic against Zion for the third time is in danger.
OCTOBER 23 ‘LADY TIME’ STRIKE IN LOS ANGELES
For anyone who thinks Damian Lillard was going to take a step back in relevance this season… think again.
On Sunday, the Portland Trail Blazers went to Los Angeles and defeated LeBron James Lakers 106-104 after Lillard hit a clutch, go-ahead with just 13 seconds left. Lillard finished with 41 points on the night.
The Blazers are one of the biggest surprises in the NBA so far, as they started the year 3-0. The Lakers, on the other hand, are even more disappointing, as anyone could have predicted after an 0-3 start – and many have already predicted they would be bad.
Does James regret his decision to sign a contract extension before the start of the season? Will things get bad enough at Laker Land to force general manager Rob Pelinka to make any major moves ahead of his 20-game waiting period? As the Lakers continue to lose, the pressure continues to mount.
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