Monday, October 8, 2012
Coop in Europe: Mavs work on cutting down turnovers
By Chuck Cooperstein
ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's Chuck Cooperstein, aka "The Voice of the Mavericks", is with the Dallas Mavericks on their first European excursion and will blog on the team's events daily for ESPNDallas.com.
It was back to basketball for the Mavericks this morning as they had a 45-minute film session at their hotel followed by floor work that lasted around a little over 90 minutes. The biggest issue coming out of their 89-84 victory against Alba Berlin on Saturday was the 27 turnovers, many of them unforced mistakes. Mistakes, they know, might result in a very different outcome vs. FC Barcelona.
On the injury front: Roddy Beaubois is out of his walking boot, but his sprained left ankle sustained Saturday night will keep him out of tomorrow's game. Beaubois did some light work on the side, and doesn’t expect it to be a long-term issue. Of course, anything that happens around Beaubois' left foot is always going to be a source of concern.
“I felt it twist” Beaubois said. “But I knew it wasn’t so bad.”
Chris Kaman went through just his second full practice after spraining his back nine days ago.
“It felt good to be back out there and working up a sweat.” Kaman said. "I need to get into better condition. I’m doing some extra running and stretching.”
Kaman was one of three Mavs to score 14 points -- 12 coming in the second half. His three turnaround baskets early in the third quarter allowed the Mavericks to build an 11-point lead that they never relinquished.
“I know if I make those shots, it opens it up for our whole offense,” said Kaman, who shot 7-9 from the floor.
The team was still buzzing over experiencing El Clasico on Sunday night, and the hoard of Spanish reporters were more than willing to ask them their thoughts on what they witnessed.
“I made sure I sat with Roddy the whole time,” OJ Mayo said.
Beaubois and Dirk Nowitzki are the Mavs' biggest soccer fans. Roddy grew up playing the game, and a bunch of his teammates then went back to the hotel and broke out the FIFA 13 video game, so they could play what they had just seen.