DALLAS, TX –The Mavericks (15-31) have hit yet another road block dropping three games in a row. The story seems to right itself each game as Dallas has continued to start the games slow-paced then fight like hell in the second half.
“We’re coming out too sluggish, lackadaisical, and too nonchalant. Whatever word you want to use, we don’t have the right disposition to start games out,” says Dennis Smith Jr.
To put things into perspective, Dallas found themselves down by as many as 18 points in the first half against Portland before getting within five points in the second half. Although they have been able to come back in the final frame, the Mavericks are still losing — even if the score was close.
The Washington Wizards (26-20) are riding a high after coming off a 2-game losing skid in Friday’s 122-112 win over Detroit. Washington’s impressive backcourt of Bradley Beal and John Wall led the way scoring 46 points in the third quarter alone after being down by 15 points in the first half.
The Wizards found sweet spots all over the court finishing with a season-high 76 second half points.
Second-year forward Kelly Oubre Jr. also had an electric night. Oubre Jr. came off the bench scoring a career-high 26 points while knocking down five 3-pointers.
Head Coach Scott Brooks couldn’t help but notice Oubre Jr.’s explosive night. “I’m always challenging him. There are times he makes mistakes, but I’m not just going to let him make a mistake and chalk it up to he’s young…”
Despite Dallas’ recent struggles, they’ve been able to dominate Washington by winning 14 of the last 15 meetings. The Mavericks swept the series last season marking the 6th sweep in seven years.
In the last meeting back in November, Dallas came out on top 113-99 on the road. Harrison Barnes banked in 31 points and nine boards with the help of Smith Jr.’s 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists.
The Mavs hope to use that same fortune tonight at the American Airlines Center. Tipoff is set for 7:30pm CT.
Whitley Pleasant is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a Bachelors in Art. The Mesquite, Texas native had an early interest in media beginning in high school. Whitley spent one year being a student DJ at KEOM 88.5 FM writing scripts, editing sound bites, conducting interviews, and operating the switchboard for the morning and evening drive. Working at the radio station paved the way to her television career.