In short, the Mavs are playing as well as anyone could have possibly hoped when this roster was reconstructed last summer, and have positioned themselves to climb up the bottom half of the West’s playoff bracket.
“We’re clicking on all cylinders on both sides of the floor,” said sixth man Vince Carter, who had an outstanding all-around game with nine points, eight rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes. “We’re just going to have to continue to work on consistency on both ends. I think we have slippage sometimes, but everybody’s on the same page. Everybody’s doing what needs to be done for the good of the team.”
“Chuck Daly, one of his favorite sayings was ‘Don’t trust happiness,’” (Coach Rick) Carlisle said, referring to the legendary former Detroit Pistons coach who was a mentor to him. “Especially in the NBA, because it can get you quickly if you start feeling too good about yourself. But I like the way we played.”
Westbrook Notches Triple-Double as OKC Gets Win
It appeared a fitting beginning to Carmelo Anthony’s next chapter, a 3-pointer on his first possession with the Thunder, playing against his former team. Then he missed his next seven shots.
Like the rest of the Thunder, it was a slow burn as Anthony revved up in the second quarter and into the third, scoring 22 on 8-of-20 shooting in a 105-84 win over the Knicks on opening night. In their first regular-season game, there were some rough patches for the Thunder’s new big three, with Paul George missing a number of open looks and Anthony going cold at times, but in the end, talent prevailed. George finished with 28 on 9-of-23 shooting, and Russell Westbrook picked right up where he left off in his historic MVP season notching the first triple-double of this season with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 16 assists.
Source: Royce Young of ESPN
LeBron Vows to Improve his Conditioning
LeBron James says his left ankle feels strong enough to play in Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. It’s the rest of his body that needs work.
“I just want to get to where I should be,” James said after participating in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ practice Thursday. “The ankle and the foot injury just kind of kept me out and set me back further than I would like, but I got some time now along the course of these games that we got. We got two back-to-backs coming up, so that’s going to help and we have some opportunity to get some practice time in as well.”
Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN