Mavericks look for turnaround during 4-game homestand

Posted Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

After a road trip that started with great hope and ended with disappointment, the Dallas Mavericks hope to bounce back and rack up some wins during a four-game homestand, starting Sunday night against Detroit.

The Mavericks play the Pistons at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at American Airlines Center. The homestand also includes games Wednesday against the Houston Rockets, Friday against the Sacramento Kings and Feb. 3 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Dallas went 1-2 on its most recent road trip, which began with Monday’s 102-97 victory at Cleveland. The Mavericks then blew a 21-point lead Wednesday and lost in Toronto 93-85 before ending the trip with Friday’s 107-106 loss in Brooklyn.

With four games at home, the Mavericks hope to right the ship before it sinks.

“We were playing good and headed in the right direction and we got knocked four steps back,” guard Monta Ellis said. “But the biggest thing is we’ve just got to stay together, continue to stay as a team and get better. Hopefully, we can get back on track and the home court can be a disadvantage to the other team.”

The Mavericks have complained that the schedule-maker hasn’t been kind to them lately. From Jan. 15-24, the Mavericks played six games, with only one at home.

In four consecutive games from Jan. 15-20, the Mavericks played in four time zones: Jan. 15 in Los Angeles against the Clippers (Pacific Time Zone), Jan. 17 in Phoenix (Mountain), Jan. 18 in Dallas against Portland (Central), and Monday in Cleveland (Eastern).

“Actually, [incoming NBA commissioner] Adam Silver got us pretty good here the last couple of weeks with the schedule, I’ve got to admit,” forward Dirk Nowitzki said. “So we’ve got to take care now of home court. We’ve been decent at home, even though we lost some here in the New Year. But we feel like we’re a good team at home, so we’ve got to take care of business starting [today].”

Resting Nowitzki

The Mavericks set off alarm bells around the Metroplex when they sat a healthy Nowitzki during Wednesday’s game in Toronto.

With a stint of games all across the country, the Mavericks said they simply wanted to give the 35-year-old Nowitzki some much-needed rest. Owner Mark Cuban said the Mavericks will sit Nowitzki a few more games this season, if need be.

When Nowitzki returned Friday against Brooklyn, he faced a massive set of double teams throughout the game and wound up shooting 5 of 15 from the field while scoring 18 points. He also wore a protective sleeve over his left knee.

“It hasn’t been great the last couple of weeks, but it hardly bothered me any [Friday],” Nowitzki said of the knee. “It’s kind of been a little stiff. But if you’re 35, 36, something is going to be stiff.”

Harris makes strides

The play of guard Devin Harris during Friday’s loss to Brooklyn was encouraging for the Mavericks.

Although he fouled out in only 16 minutes, Harris scored a season-high 14 points and handed out four assists. He also was 4 of 6 from the field, including 2 of 3 from 3-point range.

In his first three games this season Harris scored only 11 points, dispensed five assists and was 4 of 14 from the floor, including 1 of 6 from beyond the 3-point arc.

“My legs are starting to get underneath me,” said Harris, who returned Jan. 18 from surgery in August on his left foot. “I’m gaining confidence each and every game. It’s something to build on.”

Ledo to D-League

The Mavericks sent guard Ricky Ledo back to the Texas Legends on Saturday. This is the rookie’s third stint with the Legends in the D-League. In 15 games with the Legends, Ledo is averaging 14.1 points and 6.7 rebounds in 29.8 minutes per game.

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @dwainprice

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?

Friday, October 31Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Friday, October 31Full Scoreboard
Memphis 10/31 7:00 PM ET
Indiana TV: SPSO, FSN-IN
Cleveland 10/31 8:00 PM ET
Philadelphia 10/31 8:30 PM ET
Milwaukee TV: CSN-PHI, FSN-WI
San Antonio 10/31 10:00 PM ET
Phoenix TV: KENS, FSN-AZ
Portland 10/31 10:00 PM ET
Sacramento TV: CSN-NW, CSN-CA
LA Clippers 10/31 10:30 PM ET
Full Scoreboard
Week 9Full Scoreboard
New Orleans «28Final | Box
Carolina10Gridiron Replay
Jacksonville 1:00 PM ET
Cincinnati TV: CBS
Tampa Bay 1:00 PM ET
Cleveland TV: FOX
Arizona 1:00 PM ET
Dallas TV: FOX
Philadelphia 1:00 PM ET
Houston TV: FOX
NY Jets 1:00 PM ET
Kansas City TV: CBS
San Diego 1:00 PM ET
Miami TV: CBS
Washington 1:00 PM ET
Minnesota TV: FOX
St. Louis 4:05 PM ET
San Francisco TV: FOX
Denver 4:25 PM ET
New England TV: CBS
Oakland 4:25 PM ET
Seattle TV: CBS
Baltimore 8:30 PM ET
Pittsburgh TV: NBC
Indianapolis 8:30 PM ET
NY Giants TV: ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Friday, October 31Full Scoreboard
Toronto 10/31 7:00 PM ET
Columbus TV: SNO, FSN-OH
Los Angeles 10/31 7:30 PM ET
Anaheim 10/31 8:30 PM ET
Dallas TV: FSN-W, FSN-SW
Nashville 10/31 9:00 PM ET
Calgary TV: FSN-TN, SN-W
Full Scoreboard