ORLANDO – It’s safe to say that the Dallas Mavericks lived out of their expensive suitcases in the month of January.
No, the Mavs didn’t have to leave American Airlines Center an extra amount of days like the Los Angeles Lakers and Clipper shave to do when the Grammy Awards take over the STAPLES Center. And they didn’t have an extended road trip because the rodeo was in Dallas, as is the case with the San Antonio Spurs when they have to leave town when the annual rodeo invades AT&T Center. The Mavs were simply unfortunate victims of the NBA schedule-maker.
Of the 16 games Dallas played in the month of January, 12 of them were on the road. And after Saturday’s 108-93 road win over the Orlando Magic, the Mavs went 9-7 in the month of January, which isn’t terribly awful considering they just snapped a four-game losing streak Friday night in Miami.
"It’s been a long (month), a lot of road games, road trips, four (games) in five nights, and seven (games) in nine days,’’ center Tyson Chandler said. "We’ve got a lot of games this stretch, and come March after the All-Star break we’ll get our fare share of home games, which we’ve got to do a better job of protecting.’’
Coach Rick Carlisle insists he was oblivious to all the miles the Mavs racked up in the month of January.
"I don’t really keep track of which month it is during the season. It’s kind of like what’s the next game, who we play and how many days from now do we play.’’
At least now the Mavs know the toughest traveling part of their season is behind them.
"This whole January has been crazy,’’ forward Dirk Nowitzki said. "I haven’t remembered any like that where we’re on the road for so long and coming back (home) a day or two and moving back out.
"It’s been a lot of road games, but we’re not afraid to play on the road. We actually sometimes play better on the road -- we look more focused on the road.’’
In the month of January the Mavs were only 1-3 at home, but an impressive 8-4 on the road.