Dallas Mavericks

With preseason done, Mavericks gearing up for opener against Indiana

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is beginning his 19th season in the NBA.
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is beginning his 19th season in the NBA. AP

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle admitted the way forward has choppy seas as the regular season approaches.

At least initially.

After closing the preseason with a 2-5 record that included a troubling 101-75 loss at Denver last week, the Mavericks turn their attention to the regular-season opener at Indiana on Wednesday.

“We didn’t play well against Denver, we’ve got some work to do these next couple of days,” Carlisle said. “It might take a while for us to get where we need to be but we will work on things to get ready and we have a lot of corrections to make.”

Perhaps the most pressing of those corrections is in the scoring department.

It looks as though Dirk Nowitzki, beginning his 19th NBA season, will again be asked to shoulder the scoring load, at least through the first few weeks of the season.

That stretch includes a home-and-home series this weekend with Houston and measuring-stick games against Western Conference foes Golden State, Portland and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Nowitzki, who has shot 47.1 percent from the field for his career and averaged 35 minutes and 22 points per game, shot 38.9 percent and averaged 9.5 points in very limited preseason play.

Forward Harrison Barnes, who said he’s not concerned about his own productivity, averaged 6.9 points and shot 26.7 percent from the field in the preseason.

Barnes was sharper against the Nuggets, knocking down four shots and shooting 44.4 percent.

“It was good to see some shots go in,” Barnes said. “We still have to get our groove together as a unit. We haven’t quite been clicking together on all cylinders.

“Some games it’s Wes Matthews, some games it’s Deron Williams and tonight I made a few shots. But we haven’t all been able to get clicking on all cylinders.”

Indiana comes into the regular season with its offense somewhat on track.

In a 3-3 preseason run, the Pacers averaged 107.2 points per game and shot 45.6 percent.

Forward Paul George is seemingly on his way back to potential All-Star form, averaging 13 points per game in just 26.5 minutes and scored 18 in the preseason finale loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

George has averaged 32.2 minutes in his career and 16.9 points per game.

Forward Myles Turner, the former University of Texas and Euless Trinity standout, had 16 against the Bucks and has been a bright spot for Indiana in the preseason. The second-year pro averaged 12 points and 6.8 rebounds in 24.5 minutes during the preseason.

Dallas Mavericks regular-season schedule

Date

Opponent

Time

TV

Wednesday

at Indiana

6 p.m.

FSSW

Friday

vs. Houston

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

O 30

at Houston

7 p.m.

FSSW

N 2

at Utah

8 p.m.

FSSW

N 4

vs. Portland

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

N 6

vs. Milwaukee

6 p.m.

FSSW

N 8

at LA Lakers

9:30 p.m.

FSSW

N 9

at Golden State

9:30 p.m.

FSSW

N 14

at New York Knicks

6:30 p.m.

FSSW

N 16

at Boston

6:30 p.m.

FSSW

N 18

vs. Memphis

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

N 19

at Orlando

6 p.m.

FSSW

N 21

at San Antonio

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

N 23

vs. LA Clippers

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

N 25

at Cleveland

6:30 p.m.

FSSW

N 27

vs. New Orleans

6 p.m.

FSSW

N 30

vs. San Antonio

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

D 1

at Charlotte

6 p.m.

FSSW

D 3

vs. Chicago

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

D 5

vs. Charlotte

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

D 7

vs. Sacramento

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

D 9

vs. Indiana

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

D 10

at Houston

7 p.m.

FSSW

D 12

vs. Denver

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

D. 14

vs. Detroit

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

D 16

at Utah

9:30 p.m.

FSSW, ESPN

D 18

vs. Sacramento

6 p.m.

FSSW, NBA-TV

D 19

at Denver

8 p.m.

FSSW

D 21

at Portland

9 p.m.

FSSW, NBATV

D 23

at L.A. Clippers

9:30 p.m.

FSSW, NBA-TV

D 26

at New Orleans

7 p.m.

FSSW

D 27

vs. Houston

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

D 29

at LA Lakers

9:30 p.m.

TNT

D 30

at Golden State

9:30 p.m.

FSSW

J 3

vs. Washington

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

J 5

vs. Phoenix

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

J 7

vs. Atlanta

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

J 9

at Minnesota

7 p.m.

FSSW

J 12

x-at Phoenix

9 p.m.

FSSW

J 15

vs. Minnesota

3 p.m.

FSSW

J 17

at Chicago

7 p.m.

FSSW

J 19

at Miami

6:30 p.m.

FSSW

J 20

vs. Utah

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

J 22

vs. LA Lakers

2:30 p.m.

FSSW

J 25

vs. New York

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

J 26

at Oklahoma City

7 p.m.

TNT

J 29

at San Antonio

6 p.m.

FSSW

J 30

vs. Cleveland

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

F 1

vs. Philadelphia

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

F 3

at Portland

9:30 p.m.

FSSW, ESPN

F 6

at Denver

8 p.m.

FSSW

F 7

vs. Portland

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

F 9

vs. Utah

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

F 11

vs. Orlando

8 p.m.

FSSW

F 13

vs. Boston

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

F 15

at Detroit

6:30 p.m.

FSSW

F 17-19

All-Star Weekend in New Orleans

F 24

at Minnesota

7 p.m.

FSSW, ESPN

F 25

vs. New Orleans

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

F 27

vs. Miami

8:30 p.m.

TNT

M 1

at Atlanta

6:30 p.m.

FSSW

M 3

vs. Memphis

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

M 5

vs. Oklahoma City

7:30 p.m.

FSSW, ESPN

M 7

vs. LA Lakers

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

M 10

vs. Brooklyn

8 p.m.

FSSW

M 11

vs. Phoenix

8 p.m.

FSSW

M 13

at Toronto

6:30 p.m.

FSSW

M 15

at Washington

6 p.m.

FSSW

M 17

at Philadelphia

6 p.m.

FSSW

M 19

at Brooklyn

11 a.m.

FSSW

M 21

vs. Golden State

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

M 23

vs. L.A. Clippers

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

M 25

vs. Toronto

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

M 27

vs. Oklahoma City

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

M 29

at New Orleans

7 p.m.

FSSW

M 31

at Memphis

7 p.m.

FSSW

A 2

at Milwaukee

2:30 p.m.

FSSW

A 4

at Sacramento

9:30 p.m.

FSSW

A 5

at LA Clippers

9:30 p.m.

FSSW, ESPN

A 7

vs. San Antonio

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

A 9

at Phoenix

5 p.m.

FSSW

A 11

vs. Denver

7:30 p.m.

FSSW

A 12

at Memphis

7 p.m.

FSSW

x-in Mexico City

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