Despite facing their first true adversity of the season, the Dallas Mavericks know they can change their recent misfortunate simply by sticking together through a trying time.
Dropping four straight games for the first time since January 2-9, 2013, the Mavericks (30-17) will try to get back on track Friday night while beginning a back-to-back in Miami. And with hopes that their recent struggles will serve as a galvanizing experience, the Mavs will try to make the necessary adjustments on the fly while continuing their three-game road trip.
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The best way to get over a loss is to win the next game, and fortunately for the Mavs they’re right back at it tonight in Houston, a chance for the team to move past last night’s defeat to the Grizzlies and grab what could be a signature win.
With Dwight Howard’s status iffy, Dallas could be playing against a very good team without one of its best players for the second night in a row. Shorthanded teams occasionally play even better than normal if they’re without an offensive focal point for just one game here and there. It’s only natural for the other guys to rise to the occasion when they get more minutes and, more importantly, more shots. If Howard does indeed miss the game, in line to get extra touches would be Trevor Ariza, Patrick Beverley, Donatas Motiejunas, and potentially Terrence Jones, but the young up-and-coming power forward is also questionable for tonight’s game.
It’s best to have a short-term memory in this league, and the Mavs will put that to the test tonight. Houston is 1.5 games up on Dallas in the West standings heading into this one, so a win would obviously be huge for the Mavericks in more ways than one. Mentally, it would reflect the club’s ability to move on from a tough loss. But in terms of the league, it would move Dallas one game closer to the middle of the playoff pack in the loaded Western Conference.
While they admit that adjustments must be made after suffering their first three-game losing streak of the season, the Dallas Mavericks say they’re not ready to hit the panic button just yet.
Playing the third outing during a stretch of five games in seven days, the Mavericks (30-16) will try to end their recent skid Wednesday night in a second matchup of the season against the Houston Rockets. But, after falling to a 109-90 defeat on their home floor Tuesday night against Memphis, the Mavs admit that making the necessary adjustments on the fly will certainly be difficult while trying to avenge a 95-92 loss in their first visit to Toyota Center back on Nov. 22.