Dallas Mavericks: Bradley Beal

Locker Room Buzz: Mavs-Wizards

November, 12, 2013
11/12/13
11:39
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DALLAS -- A few quick observations from the Dallas Mavericks’ 105-95 win over the Washington Wizards:

Ellis’ all-around game: Monta Ellis’ scoring flurry in the fourth quarter, when he had 10 of his 19 points, will get most of the attention.

But Mavs coach Rick Carlisle wanted to make sure to shine a spotlight on Ellis’ defensive effort against Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal, who was coming off a career-high 34-point performance. Ellis helped hold Beal to nine points on 2-of-10 shooting.

“Defense on Beal was a big part of our game plan, and Monta provided it,” Carlisle said.

Sam’s scoring spree: At one point, center Samuel Dalembert was on pace to have a 50-point night. He fell only 35 shy of that, finishing with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting. But his 11-point first quarter showed that opposing defenses must at least account for him.

Dalembert knows he’ll never be a featured piece in the Mavs’ offense, but he’s figuring out how to play off of his new teammates and put himself in position to be a finisher. His four buckets in the first quarter came off a couple of feeds from Ellis for dunks, a putback dunk and a short jump hook after a dish from Vince Carter.

“It’s knowing what they like to do and then try to feed off of that,” said Dalembert, who is averaging 8.1 points on 58.7 percent shooting. “What I’m trying to do is contribute with easy baskets so I can be a factor offensively for the team. That’s going to make things easier for the other guys.

Harris’ hope: Guard Devin Harris, whose rehab from offseason toe surgery hit a significant juncture when he was cleared to run last week, has a goal of being ready for game action in mid-December.

“We’ll see if they agree with that,” Harris said, referring to the Mavs’ medical staff.

Harris, who said he isn’t experiencing any pain in the toe, said envisioning his role “is the only thing that keeps me sane while watching these games.”

He’s eager to be a valuable reserve who can play either guard position, push the pace and defend the better backcourt scorers the Mavs face.

W2W4: 'Must win' for Mavs vs. winless Wizards

November, 14, 2012
11/14/12
2:00
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DALLAS – The Mavs’ three-game losing streak better stop Wednesday night.

They’ve got the winless Washington Wizards coming to town, a night after being blown out by the Charlotte Bobcats. Not that the Mavs can afford to turn up their noses at anybody right now.

"Anybody in the NBA can win, so we're not going to overlook them," point guard Darren Collison said. "That's a very tough team as far I'm concerned, and we really need to win that game.

"We've got to win this next game. It's a must-win game for us for the simple fact that we did let some slip away from us."

Records: Mavs (4-4); Wizards (0-6)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: American Airlines Center

TV: FSSW

Radio: ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1270 AM (Spanish)

What to watch: Rick Carlisle admittedly sounds like a broken record. Defense and rebounding. Defense and rebounding. That’s all he wants to talk about right now. He’s especially concerned with the way the Mavs have allowed dribble penetration the last two games. “We’re just getting lined up and beat,” Carlisle said. “It wasn’t happening when we were on a shotmaking roll. The thing we have to remind ourselves of constantly in this league is it’s a lot easier to be energized when the ball’s going in. But our approach has got to be that we’re going to be energetic and tough-minded defensively no matter what and not be influenced the other way.”

The Mavs are shaking up their starting lineup in an effort to get more energy on the floor at the beginning of the game. Don’t expect Carlisle to exercise much patience if the Mavs play with anything less than maximum effort.

Key matchup: O.J. Mayo vs. Bradley Beal – Any other Wizard worth worrying about? Beal, the third overall pick, has struggled more often than not while forced into a go-to guy role right off the bat. He’s averaging 12.2 points per game on 34.4 percent shooting, but he did have a 22-point, 7-of-14 performance in a loss to the Bucks last week. Mayo is averaging 21.4 points per game, shooting 60 percent from 3-point range.

Injuries: Mavs – PF Dirk Nowitzki (knee) and F Shawn Marion (knee) are out. Wizards – PG John Wall (knee) and C Nene (foot) are out.

Up next: at Indiana Pacers, 6 p.m. Friday

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Monta Ellis
PTS AST STL MIN
20.5 4.4 1.7 33.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsT. Chandler 12.0
AssistsR. Rondo 7.0
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksT. Chandler 1.4