Mavs Open Preseason with a 106-104 Victory Over Visiting Bucks

By Darreck Kirby
Project Shanks Creative Director

The Dallas Mavericks opened the preseason with an impressive 106-104 win against the visiting Milwaukee Bucks. The evening was more about distributing minutes evenly and giving the starters the lion’s share of the first quarter. Said the twenty-year veteran Dirk Nowitzki after the game, “I was the only one who couldn’t do it [play the whole first quarter].” Considering Dirk’s irrefutable place in NBA history and that this is just the first preseason game of his twentieth season, the exhaustion can be forgiven.

The night was a forgettable one for prized first-round pick, Dennis Smith Jr., however. In 12 minutes, the 9th overall pick shot just 1 of 5 from the floor for and missed both of his free throw attempts. Considering how early it is, the uninspired performance can most likely be attributed to the steep learning curve of Rick Carlisle’s system and work-in-progress conditioning. Thankfully, Smith’s teammates had no such trouble. The aforementioned Nowitzki was 2-2 for 5 points in 9 minutes of action, and last season’s leading scorer, Harrison Barnes chipped in 9 points himself on 4 of 6 from the field. The real impact player for Dallas, however, was Yogi Ferrell, whose 12 points in 18 minutes of action paced the offensive performance.

In all, the Mavs saw sixteen players register double-digit minutes, and all but Mejri and Withey got on the board. While it’s highly unlikely regular season minutes will be distributed so evenly, it does seem to suggest the bottom of the roster is still highly competitive for the 15 man roster, and competition at any level is always a good thing for a roster.

The Mavs (1-0) resume preseason play Wednesday when they host the Chicago Bulls.

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