The Dallas Mavericks have seen sky highs (decimating opponents by scoring 140 points consecutively/winning on the road in Denver) and deep lows (two losses to the hapless Knicks), but the team still sits at 10-5, good for a 55 win pace.
We asked the staff what their confidence level was in the team now and moving forward.
The Mavericks are sitting at 10-5 after hanging 140 in consecutive games. The schedule tightens up significantly with the next eight games against Western Conference opponents. What’s your confidence level in the team so far and as they move into a tough stretch of games?
Kirk (@KirkSeriousFace): On a scale of 1-10 I’m at maybe an 8. I’m not sure how good they are but I’m having so much fun I’m not able to be unbiased. If they go 3-2 in their next five that would be huge. I don’t mark any of their next several games as one they should win, but I’m really looking forward to seeing them play better teams.
Jordan (@Jbrodess): This is probably not fair, but I want to see how they handle this week’s games before I know what I think about them in regards to the postseason. Maybe that puts me at about a 6.5 or a 7. But a very fun 7. They’ve shown a wide range of good and bad this first month of the season, but haven’t really had consecutive games against tough opponents. Before the season I wanted them to be a fringe playoff team. Now I’d love for them to be a really tough out for an elite contender. That jump in expectations alone has been a blast. And the sky’s the limit.
Kevin (@stumpstumpstump): I think this team can beat anybody on any night. I also think this team has maybe a small issue getting up to play against bad teams. I would rate my confidence level at a generic: high. A lot of these guys are finally getting into a rhythm, which is making the offense look more and more like a wildfire. KP should continue to improve. Seth should shoot better. Tim IS shooting better (we’ll see if that lasts). And even if Luka’s numbers dip a little (and if they do, it won’t be much at all) this team will still be able to throw down. It’s so fun to watch a competitive team every night.
Matt (@ItsGrumpist): I’m at a 10 that we’re winning that game against the Clippers when we wear the city jersey for the first time. Everything else is a wash.
Sam (@samguertler): I’ll admit that I was pretty low after the second loss to the Knicks (and probably the lowest I’ll be all season), but I’ve been highly encouraged with the way this team rebounded. While the Raptors were without Kyle Lowry, the Spurs are not your grandfather’s Spurs, and the Warriors and Cavaliers are two of the worst teams in the league, the Mavericks still showed resiliency. And as long as Luka Doncic is on your side, your team can beat anybody. I fully expect Kristaps Porzingis to get more comfortable with each passing game, and it’s already starting to show in his rebounding and rim protection. Dallas has a tough four game stretch facing the Rockets, Clippers, Suns and Lakers, so we should learn a lot more about this team by December 1.