3 things to think about before the Dallas Mavericks face off in New York against the Knicks

Since we’re walking headlong through a glut of Maverick games, I wanted to take one last moment to complain that two days between games seem like an eternity. Two whole days doing anything other than watching the Mavericks and I didn’t care.

Alas, here we are about to tackle Game 41 of the season, halfway through the New York Knicks and as is our habit, here are some things to consider before the game.

He didn’t clear the protocols according to Brad Townsend, so speculating that Porzingis could play in New York might be misguided. And yet I can’t imagine it not play against New York in New York. In his previous two games against the Knicks in New York, Porzingis has been ineffective at best, shooting just 38 percent off the ground with an average of 17 points, 9.5 rebounds and just one assist.

I have the sly impression that he gets the nod and looks pretty good in a matter of minutes. Porzing couldn’t train last week due to protocols so if he plays he probably won’t have a lot of running but I hope he plays and plays well.

Local product Julius Randle has been a Dallas fan favorite for years, in large part because he seems to screw the Mavericks upside down every time he takes on them, no matter which team he’s on. After playing the best basketball of his career in 2020-21, he is struggling a little this year following the signing of his new big contract.

He’s shot above .500 just four times since December 1, so the question I’ll be thinking about all day is whether that’s going to be a rebound for Randle. Personally, I’ll be anxiously awaiting whether Dallas’ recent stellar defense will hold up against the Knicks. It should.

Beating the Bulls would result in the longest winning streak since an 8-game streak in 2011. I’m unreasonably excited about the prospect because it speaks to the consistency of team play and it would be even more fascinating considering how which they had both Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzing is only available part of the time, and at different times.

It’s important to me that the Mavericks win and not just because I moan after every loss. I put importance on this sequence. Doing something that they haven’t done since 2011 is important.

It’s early, starting at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN and Bally Sports Southwest.

Leave a Comment