Coming off an embarrassing loss to the Blazers, the Mavs kicked it into high gear with a 105-82 win. Dirk was absolutely fantastic with 27 points and 10 rebounds while Tyson Chandler chipped in with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
The first half merely confirmed that Dirk is still our supreme overlord. The German had 17 first half points on 7-12 shooting. Dirk has made Utah his personal playground throughout his career averaging 23 points a game on 51% shooting and 40% from three. He even hit a rare corner 3 tonight. More importantly, Carlisle was able to limit Dirk to only 28 minutes.
Rick Carlisle keeping it pic.twitter.com/jVMuMAa0zu— Bryan Gutierrez (@BallinWithBryan) November 8, 2014
Parsons had another poor shooting performance scoring 5 points on 1-11 shooting. It's still early, but Parsons shooting woes around the rim may be an issue. He was shooting only 51% at the rim coming into tonight's game and that number will only drop after missing several shots at the rim tonight.
The shooting numbers for Parsons will probably stabilize as the season progresses. However, Parsons needs to find a way to make an impact on the court when he struggles with his shot. There are long stretches of the game where Parsons is completely invisible. For example, when Monta doesn't shoot well he still makes an impact on the game with his penetration and playmaking. It would be nice to see Parsons crash the boards hard when his shooting falls off.
ATTENTION: THE MAVERICKS DID NOT SOIL THEMSELVES IN THE THIRD QUARTER.
The Mavs outscored the Jazz 26-18 in the third. Carlisle drew up a beautiful play for the first possession in the third quarter that got Dirk a three and the good times rolled from there.
Instead of playing like they had a lobotomy at halftime, the Mavs were focused and disciplined on defense. The guards were actually rotating and contesting shots and the bigs were monsters on the boards.
The Jazz came into the game ranked 3rd in offensive efficiency, but the Mavs held them to 42 percent shooting and forced 21 turnovers. Surprisingly, the Mavs edged the Jazz' big frontcourt in the rebounding battle.
The Mavs play next on Sunday at 6pm against the Heat.
A few observations
- Brandan Wright and Rudy Gobert engaged in the battle of length. Both are very large and gangly human beings. It was fun watching them collide at the rim several times throughout the day.
- The Jae Crowder banishment appears permanent after all that talk about his defense during training camp.
- Jameer Nelson found the right level of aggression on offense after forgetting what year it was against the Blazers.