I hope you didn't think I totally forgot about this Thursday thing I've got going. Though I suppose two weeks on, one week off is hardly a solid pattern at this point, is it?
UPDATE: The Dallas Mavericks
The Mavericks are looking revived after the trade they made at the All-Star break. Seeing them go 2-5 before the break and bounce back to 5-1 after the break is a big swing, with what was probably their most difficult win last night against the Lakers.
In the trade, the most significant players that were traded away from Dallas were Josh Howard and Drew Gooden. Gooden played well for Dallas, in his short time here, but Howard was increasingly seen as a liability, both for his injuries and his unpredictable behavior off the court.
In exchange, we got notable additions Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson. Haywood is getting a lot of playing time and press because he's a 7'0 center and he is a presence near the basket. Butler, who did not play in the game against the Lakers due to an averse reaction, is already looking like a great small forward who can score. Stevenson did a great job guarding Kobe Bryant last night, holding him to 20 points.
Twenty points is no small feat, don't misunderstand me. I don't think I scored 20 points in my entire 5th grade Boys & Girls Club basketball career. But this is Kobe we're talking about- and 20 points constitutes a less than stellar night for Kobe.
The great thing is that playing with the new guys has revived Nowitzki, Kidd, Terry and Marion, whose skills are looking even better alongside their new teammates.
Hopefully the rest of the season will be this fun to watch.
They tell you that nobody is perfect, then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make up their minds.