|Last 5 Games||0-5||-3||3-2||3-2||100.4||51.8||48.1%||44.6||109.0||51.8||47.5%||48.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||94.8||48.7||37-84||44.2%||6-17||32.7%||15-20||74.2%||50||12||22||21||8||15||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||98||49.3||37-82||45.2%||7-20||35.7%||17-22||75.5%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||95.6||50.3||38-84||45.0%||5-17||32.0%||15-20||75.5%||49||11||23||21||7||15||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||101.4||51.8||39-82||47.0%||7-18||39.0%||17-23||75.6%||51||12||23||19||8||15||5|
|vs opponents averaging||98.6||49.6||37-82||45.5%||7-20||36.0%||17-23||75.6%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||105.6||53.3||40-84||48.0%||8-18||41.4%||17-23||76.1%||51||12||24||18||8||13||5|
|Last 5 Games||3-2||+1||3-2||2-3||97.6||51.0||47.4%||48.2||98.6||48.6||44.4%||54.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||101.2||51.1||39-84||46.1%||7-20||36.9%||16-21||79.4%||49||9||23||21||8||14||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.2||49.4||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.5%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||103.5||51.2||40-84||46.9%||8-20||37.4%||17-21||78.4%||49||10||24||20||8||12||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||102.0||50.4||37-84||44.7%||8-22||35.7%||19-26||75.1%||53||12||22||19||9||14||4|
|vs opponents averaging||98.6||49.6||37-82||45.4%||7-20||35.8%||17-23||75.4%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||100.8||49.3||37-83||44.7%||8-22||36.7%||18-24||76.3%||52||11||21||19||8||14||3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: PHOENIX 95.8, DALLAS 95.8|
|4/3/2013||@ LA CLIPPERS||101-126||L||17||L||201||O||35-77||45.5%||45||19||52-93||55.9%||44||6|
|4/10/2013||@ DALLAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/13/2013||@ MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||HOUSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||@ DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/14/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO||91-92||L||9.5||W||206.5||U||37-83||44.6%||41||11||37-84||44.0%||57||15|
|4/2/2013||@ LA LAKERS||81-101||L||3.5||L||208||U||34-81||42.0%||43||13||36-81||44.4%||67||16|
|4/10/2013||PHOENIX|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/12/2013||DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/14/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||MEMPHIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||NEW ORLEANS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|PHOENIX: GUARDS: With Steve Nash gone, GORAN DRAGIC takes over at the point. He was a monster as a starter in Houston late last year, and he's familiar with Phoenix's system from his time there as Nash's backup . . . SHANNON BROWN is one of the league's better sixth men and could end up seeing close to starter minutes this year. Once just a raw athlete, he's made major strides as a shooter and ball-handler . . . KENDALL MARSHALL was a bit of a product of an absurdly talented supporting cast in college at UNC. He's got work to do to become an NBA-caliber starter, but he'll be capable enough as a backup point guard as a rookie . . . SEBASTIAN TELFAIR still can't hit an open jump shot, but will factor into the backcourt rotation. FORWARDS: LUIS SCOLA steps in as the starting four. While he's in his 30's and an underwhelming athlete, he's crafty and relentless . . . JARED DUDLEY will continue to be their main catch-and-shoot threat on the wing. It might take a while to develop an on-court chemistry with Dragic . . . MICHAEL BEASLEY has a chance to grab a starting spot. He rarely has his head on straight, but he can score . . . CHANNING FRYE, the sharp-shooting 7-footer, will likely miss the 2012-13 season due to an enlarged heart, but this condition is expected to completely heal . . . WESLEY JOHNSON gets a fresh start. He needs to start knocking down shots to land a rotation spot . . . MARKIEFF MORRIS showed flashes as a rookie, but has to make better decisions on the offensive end. He'll be a key on the second unit . . . Well-traveled P.J. TUCKER earned himself a roster spot with an impressive Summer League. CENTERS: MARCIN GORTAT had a great year-and-a-half alongside Steve Nash, and he'll have to prove he can create in the low post a little more. But he's a skilled big man who should pair nicely with Luis Scola as a scorer and passer in the post . . . Injury-riddled JERMAINE O'NEAL is still a strong low-post defender and shot-blocker.|
|DALLAS: GUARDS: DARREN COLLISON's jump shot might be shaky, but he can get into the lane at will. He'll be a much different look than Jason Kidd had been in Big D . . . O.J. MAYO becomes the second option in this offense. He'll have the ball in his hands a lot . . . VINCE CARTER will come off the bench. At this point, he's a three-point specialist, and not a very good one . . . DELONTE WEST will back up both guard spots. Don't be surprised if he overtakes Collison at some point . . . RODDY BEAUBOIS can heat up in an instant, but he has work to do to make this rotation . . . DAHNTAY JONES is roster filler . . . DOMINIQUE JONES enters the year on the roster bubble . . . JARED CUNNINGHAM will learn the point guard position watching from the bench as a rookie. FORWARDS: After a slow start last season, DIRK NOWITZKI looked like the Dirk of old in the second half of the year. He's still got something left in the tank, but it's still unclear if the swelling in his knee will require surgery, something that would shelve him for more than a month . . . SHAWN MARION is still an important cog in Carlisle's creative defensive gameplans, so he'll keep playing big minutes despite his dwindling offensive skills . . . ELTON BRAND is still relevant, even behind Nowitzki, because of his ability to play some center . . . BRANDAN WRIGHT will be in and out of the rotation again, but he's now relatively healthy and showed signs of being a serviceable rotation player a year ago . . . Rookie Jae CROWDER profiles as a potentially solid second-unit player, but he'll be buried on this depth chart. CENTERS: CHRIS KAMAN gives Dallas some offensive skill at center, but he's not exactly the defensive presence they've needed. He'll log the bulk of the minutes here, but there are going to be a handful of games where the Mavs have to sit him and go small for defensive purposes . . . 27-year-old rookie BERNARD JAMES could fill Ian Mahinmi's old role of a shot-blocker/fouler off the bench.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (PHOENIX-DALLAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Suns-Mavericks Preview* ========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Phoenix (23-54) at Dallas (38-39), 8:30 p.m. EDT
While the odds are against them, the Dallas Mavericks are still alive in the Western Conference playoff race.
A matchup against the struggling Phoenix Suns should only help their chances.
The Mavericks go for a four-game season sweep and 11th consecutive home win over the Suns, who try to avoid an 11th straight loss Wednesday night.
Occupying 10th place in the West, Dallas (38-39) needs lots of help if it is going to make a 13th consecutive playoff appearance. The Mavericks sit 2 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot with five to go.
"It's important for us to finish the season on a good note and we have the next five games to do that," center Chris Kaman said.
Dallas returns home seeking a third consecutive victory after winning 96-91 at Portland on Sunday. Kaman led the way with a season-high 26 points and 11 rebounds, and Shawn Marion scored 20 on 10-of-14 shooting.
The Mavericks, though, had to sweat things out after their 26-point lead was cut to three with 39 seconds left.
"It is what it is, man. We came out victorious and every win counts right now. Period," Marion said. "As long as you get the W at this time, we need it. We're going to see what happens with the race to the finish line with the playoffs, but we're one more game away from being .500."
Dallas played the entire fourth quarter without Dirk Nowitzki, who was held out due to a sore foot but says he'll suit up Wednesday.
"I'll be fine," he said. "We've got five games left and a huge chance to see .500 for the first time since probably December, so I'll definitely play."
The Mavericks surely like their chances of getting back to the break-even mark for the first time since mid-December with Phoenix (23-55) coming to town. The Suns, losers in 11 of 12 in this series, have been outscored by an average of 12.3 points during a 10-game skid at Dallas.
Phoenix's 10-game losing streak overall is its longest since dropping a franchise-worst 13 in a row to open 1996-97. The Suns are 2-16 since losing Marcin Gortat to a foot injury March 6, including a loss that night.
Sitting at the bottom of the West, Phoenix saw its woes continue Tuesday in a 101-98 defeat at Houston. The Suns went toe-to-toe with the playoff-bound Rockets but would lose when Jermaine O'Neal was called for goaltending on James Harden's last-second 3-pointer.
Harden's shot bounced high off the rim, and O'Neal tipped the ball as it came down just after the buzzer sounded.
"I've never seen a game finish in a weirder way," said O'Neal, who shot 2 for 12.
Luis Scola had 28 points and Goran Dragic added 15 with 10 assists for the Suns, whose last three defeats have been by a combined 10 points.
"We can deal with these losses, it's the blowout ones that we play selfish and don't play together, and those are the ones that are frustrating," forward Jared Dudley said.
The Suns will be looking to add to O.J. Mayo's recent struggles. Averaging 15.8 points, Mayo has posted just 7.8 per game on 31.7 percent shooting over the last six. He has, however, scored at least 20 in two of three matchups against Phoenix this season.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 10:33:26 PM EST|