3-pointer: Lamar Odom looks ahead to L.A. trip
Odom certainly doesn’t want to wax poetic about his seven seasons with the Lakers before the Mavericks’ Martin Luther King Day matchup with the team they swept in the West semifinals last season.
"It'll be the first time I go home to my house and have to play for another team," Odom said. "I mean, it is what it is. The only way I can truly help this team is to move on."
Odom isn’t sweating how he’ll perform against the Lakers. His focus is on trying to build with the Mavericks, and there have been signs of progress recently, including his nine-point, seven-rebound, two-assist performance in Saturday’s rout of the Kings.
The reigning Sixth Man of the Year, who helped the Lakers win a couple of championships, shrugged off a question about what kind of reception he expected from the fans at the Staples Center.
"I’m sure he’s going to get a standing ovation,” Dirk Nowitzki said. “He deserves it."
A few notes from the Mavs’ record-setting rout of the Kings:
1. The depth in Dallas was on full display during this home back-to-back. The Mavs’ bench outscored the starters in both blowout wins over the Bucks and Kings. The Mavs’ reserves scored 55 points against Milwaukee and a season-high 68 against the Kings. Sixth man Jason Terry led the Mavs in scoring in both games, averaging 19 points on 59.1 percent shooting.
2. Vince Carter says he’ll play with a starter’s mentality no matter what. Returning to a reserve role with Jason Kidd back into the lineup certainly didn’t affect Carter’s game. He scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting Friday night as a starter and followed that by producing 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting off the bench. Carter added another high-flying dunk to his highlight reel, taking off from hear the dotted line to throw it down in traffic against the Kings.
3. Yi Jianlian got some minutes early in the third quarter, as coach Rick Carlisle took advantage of a comfortable lead to experiment with a lineup that featured Yi and four regulars. Yi, the former lottery pick/journeyman who has become an instant fan favorite in Dallas, isn’t putting up efficient offensive numbers but has impressed Carlisle with his energy. Yi had five points on 1-of-4 shooting and seven rebounds in 12 minutes against the Kings. “He’s a guy that’s in your face defensively and that’s something we need,” Carlisle said.
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