How Collison is catching on ... Dirk's praise for Kaman - with an asterisk. ... Injury updates for Roddy B, O.J., B-Wright and, of course, Nowitzki ... Delonte's latest painful tattoo ... The 'baby steps' process continues ... It's Sunday Morning Mavs Donuts wrapping up the Octoberfest scrimmage!
DONUT 1: Rockets at Mavs will be more real, but ...
It is with no disrespect to the work done in Berlin or Barcelona, or to this Mavstoberfest scrimmage, a 12-minute quarter in which the Whites (Dallas' bench) outscored the Blues (the starters), 33-27. But Monday night -- a 7:30 tip at the AAC against Houston -- will feel in some ways like the true preseason opener. An NBA gym. An NBA opponent. And the chance for some NBA-sized "baby steps.''
In the meantime ...
"I thought it was pretty good for this kind of scrimmage," Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said of the Saturday event before 3,000 fans. "We had a good practice beforehand, and we've just got to work on getting better every day and getting acclimated to each other and getting the new guys integrated. ... It's a daily challenge for us. We're taking incremental baby steps.''
DONUT 2: Raves for Collison ...
Even as the Mavs make adjustments in their offense, Darren Collison is catching on quickly.
Collison put up numbers in Europe (14 points and 6.5 assists per in the two games). But more importantly, he seemed to find a way to fit into Dallas’ needs as a distributor and still not lose his strength, which is as a scoring point guard. He certainly seemed to be in charge of things on Saturday.
“He can score and he has a good feel for being a set-up guy,’’ Rick said of DC. “He’s been a score-first point guard, and I don’t want him to lose that mentality, because that’s a weapon for us.”
There are adjustments to be made. Dallas’ offense is changing. “Flow’’? Yeah, maybe. Uptempo? Probably. But look for fewer pick-and-rolls and more designed movement that is a branch of the “flow’’ tree but will certainly include some opportunities for Collison and others to break down defenses individually.
“Collison’s going to be great for us,” Carlisle said.
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DONUT 4: Injury update ...
Guard Rodrigue Beaubois (sprained left ankle) didn't play Saturday. We'll monitor his situation throughout the day. B-Wright played through his quad problem on Saturday and was among the highlight performers with 11 points, starting the event with an alley-oop dunk. Dirk Nowitzki also survived the scrimmage, seemeed to be moving OK, and is expected to go
Monday, with a knee surgery decision still looming.
"In the next couple of days we'll know where we're at," Carlisle said of Dirk. "At this point he seems to be doing well. ... I can only comment so much because I'm not a doctor."
Also notable: O.J. Mayo's laceration of his right palm, which kept him from playing Saturday. The injury occurred when Mayo fell on some stairs while the Mavs were in Barcelona. He played in that game but shot just 0-of-7. Maybe the hand is the reason why.
"His hand is bothering him a little bit, but he should be fine," Carlisle said. "He shouldn't have played in Barcelona. ... He wanted to, but it was a mistake on my part to let him. ... He's got a big chunk (of flesh cut) out of that (hand).''
Mayo is expected to play against the Rockets.
DONUT 5: Most painful of all ...
Here is Delonte's new tattoo. A cartoon gun in his imaginary pants. Painful.
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DONUT 11: B-Wright on bonding ...
"It's kind of a college atmosphere type of thing,'' Wright said of Dallas' mix of personalities and the bonding that's occurred. "We're really having a good time with each other."
DONUT 12: The Final Word ...
Chris Kaman reports that his sprained lower back is no longer an issue -- though he plans to undergo treatment on a regular basis throughout the year in order to keep it that way.
"Being injured is not a good thing at the beginning of camp, so it was tough going," said Kaman, an offensive force in those two Euro games with 29 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks in 49 minutes. "I've been staying on top of my treatments and my rehab, so I'll continue to do that the rest of the year.''
Said Dirk of Kaman: "The problem with him is his injuries. But when he’s healthy, I’ll take him with any center.''