Ugly game last night. (box score)
I guess if you are looking for a positive to take away from it you can read this case on the ST blog that Brandon Bass was the Mavs player of the game. Good for Bass, but I don't like the Mavs chances of winning any games in which he is the teams best player.
Caplan points to the Mavs ever-changing lineup as one of the many Mavs problems last night.
Consider J.J. Barea, a bit player last season, made his fourth consecutive start and had his third backcourt partner, Trenton Hassell, who made his first start, and the Mavs, now 4-2, will be happy when they can finally lean on a consistent lineup.
Jeff Caplan has an article about Bass' tough childhood.
Erick Dampier is ahead of schedule and could return this week.
The Mavs return home to play Philadelphia on Tuesday and San Antonio on Thursday. Perhaps Dampier will feel things out against the Sixers' Samuel Dalembert before Tim Duncan arrives.
"It could be a possibility," said Dampier, who underwent right shoulder surgery in the off-season to repair a small tear of his rotator cuff.
Dampier pegged his arm strength at 70 percent. He recently started bench-pressing and is up to 225 pounds, still well below his standard, he said.
Dirk Nowitzki is having Nike redesign his new shoes because they are uncomfortable.
And for those who believe in the Dirk/Sampson comparisons, it looks like you don't have to worry.
"I'm not really superstitious. I'd cut it again, but I'm going to roll with the team this year. I will maybe cut off an inch, but keep it long."
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