Mavericks Fall to Rockets in Home Opener

Mavericks Guard J.J. Barea has performed well when needed this season. Photo Courtesy: Michael Kolch
If Dirk Nowitzki isn’t at his best, the Mavs will call on J.J. Barea to make up the difference.
Photo Courtesy: Michael Kolch
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By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Dallas Mavericks are off to an 0-2 start after losing 106-98 to the Houston Rockets on Friday. This is their first 0-2 start since the 2011-2012 season. They’re now at the bottom of Southwest standings.

Dirk Nowitzki did not play in this game due to an illness. This was only the second time that Dirk Nowitzki has not played in a home opener in his 19-year career.

Harrison Barnes led the team with a career-high 31 points. Deron Williams scored 14, Wesley Matthews 13, and JJ Barea 10.

Dallas made 44 percent of their field goals and 28 percent of their three-point shots. Dallas forced 19 turnovers, but were only able to score 13 points off those turnovers, as well as register 11 steals and block two shots. They collected a total of 34 rebounds, six offensive, and 28 defensive.

The team still has a lot of holes to fill. Going 35-for-80 in FGs and 8-for-29 in three-point shots, allowing your opponent to take the lead and increase that lead does not pave the way to victory. Dallas needs to be able to shoot better. The defense needs to cover well and do their best to avoid fouls. Both sides of the ball needs to perform more effectively.

The Mavericks will be in Houston on Sunday. It looks like Dirk Nowitzki will make the trip. The questions are: How many minutes and how effective will the Big German be in H-town? Dallas cannot afford to fall to 0-3 based on this teams roster.

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