Injury Decimated Mavericks Looking to Bounce Back in Game 2

Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams (8) drives to the basket around Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first half of Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

It was a disastrous 108-70 debacle from the Mavericks that saw only one of their players, Dirk Nowitzki, in double figures. The next best scorer was Dwight Powell as he added eight points. Lets just say things didn’t go as planned for the Mavericks in Game 1.

Dallas is looking to pull off what is probably going to be a miracle win tonight in Game 2, as they are going to hit the floor without one and maybe even two more star players.

Deron Williams re-injured a sports hernia in Game 1 that forced him to have one of the poorer games he has had in a while. He went a lowly 1-9 from the field for just two points and is questionable for the Mavericks in Game 2. Another important guard for the Mavericks, J.J. Barea had a similar groin injury that has acted up again. Head coach Rick Carlisle said he was very concerned with the injury to Barea and already ruled him out for tonight’s game.

With an already over matched roster, it is going to be hard for guards Devin Harris and Raymond Felton to hang with an always dangerous Russell Westbrook.

Care to Rebound?

After being out rebounded 56-33 in Game 1, the Mavericks have to find a way to get the rebounding margin more in their favor. With five players on Oklahoma City with five or more rebounds, coach Carlisle was frustrated with the poor efforts from their players as he even went so far down the bench to JaVale McGee to save his team.

Oklahoma is just the more athletic team and that can just spell disaster for a depleted roster.

Let the Rookie Play!

Oct 16, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Justin Anderson (1) waits for play to resume against the Atlanta Hawks during the first half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

In a game that was over by halfway through the second half, coach Carlisle could have put in the rookie Justin Anderson, but decided not to. This is the same rookie who started the final six games for the Mavericks, and they won every single one of them.

With a series that may just be too much for the Mavericks to handle, it may be wise for a guy like Anderson to get more playing time to see what he can do if you plan to have him on this team in the future. A team that will be seeing the playoffs time and time again in the near future.


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