Mavs Win 10th Consecutive Game, Fail to Impress the Masses

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It's not often I stay up late to watch a duel between J.J. Barea and Samuel Dalembert, but last night's 102-100 victory by the Dallas Mavericks over the Sacramento Kings was special.

It kicked off the Bob Ortegel-less era with a win. And was the Mavs' 10th consecutive victory. To which the Mavs nation replied: Yawn.

Not because the Mavericks -- who are in Denver tonight -- aren't playing good basketball. We've just gotten so spoiled. Amazingly, this is the 10th 10-game-plus winning streak in franchise history and the second this season. The problem(?) with this one is that included in the run are wins over the Nets, Clippers, Rockets, Wizards, Bobcats and Cavs.

Yes the 37-15 Mavs are winning. But I'm just not convinced all is repaired to pre-Christmas calibrations.

Peja Stojakovic is ragged rusty, going 1 of 7 last night and a combined 4-16 (1 of 9 on 3-pointers) so far in two starts. Dirk Nowitzki was very mediocore while favoring a sore wrist. Jason Terry was good again.

But the Mavs were saved from a loss to the Kings by Barea. Yep, the guy who will likely see his playing time sliced come February 16 with the return of Roddy Beaubois.

Barea was good great last night. In the fourth quarter the Mavs kept calling plays for him, and he responded with acrobatic drives to the hoop complete with nifty finishes and a nasty 3-pointer right over Kings' behemoth DeMarcus Cousins. Dallas scored 28 in the fourth; Barea 15.

Dallas survived when Sacramento's Tyreke Evans threw up an ugly attempt on a drive in the lane that it appeared both Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler got hands on in the final 10 seconds.

This 10-game streak isn't perfect. But shame on us for shrugging it off. Remember, once upon a time the Mavs won 11 games ... in an entire season.


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brett
brett

let's not poo poo the 10 game streak because of the opponents. Going into last night, the mavs had played the toughest schedule in the league....meaning, the mavs have the 4th best record in the league while playing the toughest schedule, and we're going to see a lot more cupcakes the rest of the way.

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

JJ has been a blast to watch lately. I'm interested to see some small ball with Roddy B and JJ on the court together.

Peja will end up being a decent pick up when he finally knocks all of the rust off.

RW, isn't it time for you to wish failure on the Spurs?

P1Steven
P1Steven

It is soo hard to build interest in this team when you know how it will end, or least have a good idea. Unless up Peja warms up by playoff time, but why did they need another jump shooter? RIP Bob Ortegal....

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I wish he would so the Spurs would go on another tear. The Mavs are one Dirk injury away from being a #8 seed. Right now the Spurs could lose just about anyone and reload. Bring on your failure wishes bitches!!!!

kergo
kergo

I also remember that eleven win season.....they had a win over the Rockets that year was like winning the championship. I attended every home game, and THANK GOD I didn't actually have to pay for my tickets. We had our chance in '06. Mav's=Meh. Stars=Ehhhhh. Hurry up with spring training! When does Cowboys training camp start?

ps-the thing I remember most about Reunion is that smell, the smell of urine and burning puss, dumped into a vat, and mixed with toilet winnings-then set ablaze. Ahhh, the good ole days. Like that time a friend of mine drank out of the toilet at the last Texxas Jam.

luniz
luniz

Really? The Spurs don't lose anything if Duncan goes down? Ok...whatever.

I didn't watch the second half of the game, hopefully I have time to finish it tonight. Mavs looked out of rhythm in the first quarter but played well in the second.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

@luniz, ask just about any Spurs fan. I watch every game(thank you NBA package), and don't get me wrong, I love having Tim Duncan. My point is, the Mavs lose Dirk and your season is over; your season was probably over when tuff juice went out. The Spurs lose Duncan and they fall off a little bit, but he's not what he once was and probably shouldn't be an All Star.

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