The Dallas Mavericks take home a preseason record that has little respect and esteem and fear, as they take home the American Airlines Center and host the Minnesota Timberwolves in the final game of their preseason .
With the regular season almost a week away, any live game action is essential, so here’s what to look for on a Thursday night:
Minutes the regular rotation
With the shorter training camp, don’t expect the beginners and the mountain unit to get a night off. Look for Rick Carlisle to work the rust from his boys in preparation for the real thing.
Carlisle on the end-of-season pre-season: “It’s very likely that he’ll move a little bit more towards that (pre-season uniforms) .. We have to do a lot of things fluently and on the fly.”
– Brad Townsend (@townbrad) 16 December 2020
Dwight Powell (expected starter) is coming off a brutal injury and Josh Richardson is trying to stick to a new team. Full-speed action in the preseason still counts. After Monday night ‘s performance, one could argue that Willie Cauley-Stein deserves a longer look. He scored eight points in as many minutes and showed off his firing range.
Luka Doncic is f …… orming a nice bullet outside
He has done six of his 13 three-pointers, and his look looks elegant. He said he was going to work on firing, and so far he has been paid off. Maybe that explains why there is a little more for Luka these days. Last season Doncic finished at elite level around the edge, so even if that falls a bit, if he can lift his percentages from depth, I would bet my life saves on being a league MVP.
Josh Green Development
Of course it won’t be much with the third preseason game, but I’ll keep an eye on Green to see how he always develops acclimates to the NBA game. His defense is his calling card, but he showed some good ball movement in the first game, then put a jumper out in the second game. The Mavericks don’t pick in the first round often, and they don’t move much forward, so it’s important to hit Green.
As you look
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