Question: If your once hot team has dropped three straight, what do you want to see happen next?
If your answer is the Dallas Mavericks...you might not be the brightest bulb in the bunch. The Mavericks won 7 of the last ten and five of six since Avery Johnson took over.
Dirk Nowitzki has continued as a dominant offensive player. This season, the German's points are up to 26.5 and he has a career high in rpg at 10.1 a night. Dirk is also hitting 38.8% from three. Michael Finley is continuing his solid play with 16.7 ppg to go with 4.5 rpg, while shooting an impressive 41.9% from three point land. Jason Terry is performing well as a point guard with 12.5 ppg while shooting brilliantly (49.8%) from the floor and from three (41.5%). Josh Howard has performed well with 12.4 ppg and 6.4 rpg as the starting small forward. Shawn Bradley has joined the starting lineup as Erick Dampier has taken his accustomed place on the injured list. The stormin' Mormon has averaged just 2.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, and .8 bpg in just 11.1 mpg. Jerry Stackhouse is giving Ricky Davis a run for his money as sixth man of the year with 15.6 ppg, but has done little else statistically. Marquis Daniels have averaged 10.6 ppg and 4.2 rpg while getting 1.51 spg in a bench role.
Even with Erick Dampier out, the Mavs are bringing Keith VanHorn, Marquis Daniels, Jerry Stackhouse and defensive stopper Alan Henderson off the bench. This is a very deep team that is bringing three guys off the bench that would start on just about any team in the league. The Celtics definately have a great test ahead of them in this one.