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Chandler Parsons responds to disappointing debut with bounce-back game in home opener

After a less-than-stellar debut in his first game for the Dallas Mavericks, 26-year-old budding star Chandler Parsons was admittedly anxious to get back on the court Thursday night in the team’s home opener against the Utah Jazz.

Going just 2-for-10 from the field in the season opener Tuesday night against the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs and finishing with only five points in front of a nationally-televised audience, Parsons had to sit on this disappointing debut for 48 hours before returning to the hardwood. The 6-9 forward then proceeded to dazzle the Mavericks’ hometown fans, treating the American Airlines Center crowd to an offensive explosion while scoring 21 points on 8-of-16 from the field, in addition to seven rebounds and two assists, as the Dallas team moved to 1-1 on the season following a wire-to-wire 120-102 victory.

But, while his night would end on a high note, Parsons’ performance against Utah would also be filled with ups and downs.

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Game 2: Mavs vs. Jazz

Once again showing that they’re built to contend with the defending NBA champions, the Dallas Mavericks just narrowly found themselves on the losing end Tuesday night in San Antonio.

Suffering a 101-100 defeat as the Spurs opened the 2014-15 campaign by receiving their championship rings, the new-look Mavericks (0-1) showed the same fight that helped push the eventual champs to seven games in the first round of the playoffs last season. Now, the Mavs will try to use Tuesday’s loss as a learning experience, looking to bounce back in their home opener Thursday against the Utah Jazz.

To help the Mavs across the finish line going forward, however, the organization brought back a familiar face and fan favorite Wednesday.

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Third quarter against Spurs will serve as learning experience for Mavs

If you ask the Dallas Mavericks where things went awry Tuesday night against the San Antonio Spurs, they’ll quickly point you in the direction of the third quarter box score.

Entering halftime with a 53-45 lead over the defending champions, the Mavericks (0-1) would eventually fall to a hard-fought 101-100 defeat to open the regular season. But, after allowing 31 points in the third period, the Mavericks know exactly where to focus their attention while looking to bounce back from their season-opening loss.

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Game 1: Mavs at Spurs

Basketball season has arrived.

After starting their 2014-15 journey with a 4-4 record through the preseason, the Dallas Mavericks prepared themselves for a far stiffer challenge Tuesday night in San Antonio. Facing the defending champion Spurs in the first game of the NBA season, the Mavericks returned to the scene where last year’s playoff run ended following an epic seven-game series in the first round. The Mavs then sought a bit of revenge, looking to ruin the Spurs’ championship ring celebration in the process.

But, as was the case during that postseason series, the Mavericks (0-1) would prove to be a formidable foe but wouldn’t have enough to edge the Spurs (1-0) out, falling to a season-opening loss following a 101-100 thriller.

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Mavs welcome challenge of playing defending champs to start ’14-15 season

Although it will only be the first of 82 grueling games on their 2014-15 schedule, the new-look Dallas Mavericks will quickly receive a measuring stick in a benchmark matchup to open the regular season.

In a rematch of their epic seven-game series in the first round of the playoffs against the eventual NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, the Mavericks will return to the scene of where their ’13-14 season came to an end. However, after several upgrades to the roster, the Mavs now feel like they’re in a better position to square off against the defending champs, looking to ruin their in-state rivals’ championship ring ceremony and banner raising Tuesday night at the AT&T Center.

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Charlie Villanueva battled odds, personal tragedy to make Mavs’ 15-man roster

Officially trimming their roster down to 15 following the final round of cuts, the Dallas Mavericks can now begin to set their sights on the regular-season opener Tuesday night in San Antonio against the defending NBA champions.

Saturday, the Mavericks officially requested waivers on center Bernard James, forward Ivan Johnson and guard Doron Lamb, finalizing the 15-man roster. Now, after seeing his team conclude the preseason with a 4-4 record, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle will attempt to build a rotation that he can utilize on a nightly basis this season.
Competing hard and showing that he was ready when his number was called during preseason play, veteran big man Charlie Villanueva battled the odds and personal tragedy to make the final roster.

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Preseason Game 8: Mavs at Magic

It marked the end of the Dallas Mavericks’ exhibition schedule, but Friday night’s matchup against the Orlando Magic might have also signified the true closing of a chapter in point guard Jameer Nelson’s career.

Trying to engineer the Mavericks to one more preseason victory in a final tune-up before the regular season tips off Tuesday night in San Antonio, Nelson returned to face the franchise that he spent his first 10 NBA seasons with prior to migrating to Dallas during free agency this summer. Nelson then found himself in the visitors’ locker room at Amway Center for the first time prior to lining up against his former team in an emotional setting.

Nelson’s teammates then assured that his return was in fact a special night as the Mavericks ended preseason play with a 4-4 record after a 117-92 runaway victory.

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Preseason Game 7: Mavs at Pelicans

Before concluding preseason play on the second night of a back-to-back Friday in Orlando, the Dallas Mavericks will get a chance to grade themselves against a Southwest Division foe they’ll see four times during the regular season.

Before one final tuneup Friday against the Orlando Magic, the Mavericks (3-3) will try to build momentum for the regular-season opener in San Antonio next Tuesday. Traveling to Bossier City, La., the Mavs will first square off against the New Orleans Pelicans in their second-to-last exhibition matchup Thursday night.

And with the Pelicans (4-2) expected to challenge for Western Conference supremacy this season, the Mavericks will attempt to send a message to their divisional rival before the games begin to count in the standings.

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Veteran Richard Jefferson gives Mavs added dimension off bench

He wasn’t the most heralded of the Dallas Mavericks’ offseason additions, however, veteran swingman Richard Jefferson could prove to be one of the most valuable of the team’s newcomers this season.

Looking to supply depth at the small forward position behind starter Chandler Parsons, Jefferson will compete with third-year pro Jae Crowder and 24-year-old forward Al-Farouq Aminu for minutes. And if the preseason is a forecast for the future, the Mavericks (3-3) figure to have plenty of confidence when turning to their bench for minutes at the three spot during the regular season.

Through six preseason games, the 34-year-old Jefferson has been a pleasant surprise, showing that he’s still got plenty left in the tank entering his 14th season while averaging 10.2 points per outing. The versatile veteran will now try to build on his role with the Utah Jazz last season after starting 78 of his 82 appearances, coming to Dallas and looking to provide instant offense off the Mavs’ bench while playing both the shooting guard and small forward positions in coach Rick Carlisle’s system.

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