Here’s the second chance points that need to be made after the Mavericks’ remarkable back to back wins against San Antonio and Cleveland, which culminated Monday with their 104 97 victory over the Cavaliers at American Airlines Center.
The key to it all: The Mavericks had just nine turnovers. In winning four of their last five games, they have had 10 or fewer turnovers in all four of the wins, averaging 8.3. They had 12 bumbles still an acceptable number in the loss. On the flip side, they forced 17 Cleveland turnovers that the Mavericks turned into 25 points. That’s a major advantage considering the Cavaliers only turned the Mavericks’ nine miscues into 15 points. Give Seth Curry credit. He had no turnovers in 38 minutes.
The Dwight stuff: Playing time has come and gone for Dwight Powell this season. In December, he averaged 23 minutes, 9.9 points and 5.6 rebounds. In January, he was averaging less than 14 minutes, 5.3 points and 3.5 rebounds. Until Monday. Against the Cavaliers, he was a force with 14 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals. He had chemistry cooking with Devin Harris as the pair teamed on a couple of nice plays cheap jerseys
in the paint when Harris fed Powell with passes for point blank buckets. Powell, by the way, played over 20 minutes just twice in January.
Now the hard part starts: The Mavericks revved up their engines against two of the top three teams in the NBA. Winning against the Spurs and Cavs on consecutive nights is a nice feat. Now, they must show they can handle the more garden variety teams. In February, nine of their 11 opponents have losing records and all four of their road games are against sub .500 teams. The time has come to make hay if the Mavericks are serious about a playoff push.