Shawn Marion: Dallas Mavericks punished on the boards
On a night when the New Orleans Hornets made 62 rebound attempts, the Dallas Maverick came close to only 40.
“Was it really?” Shawn Marion asked, visibly shocked by the difference.
Shawn Marion obviously still not satisfied, consulted the boz score from the night’s game, and there was no disputing its results…The New Orleans Hornets made over 20 more rebounds as compared to the Dallas Mavericks. The highly athletic New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis led the team with 17 rebounds. Shawn Marion’s 12 rebounds (the most by a singular Dallas Mavericks paler that night) stood no competition.
“Oh my god,” stated Shawn Marion. “Man, we got slaughtered on the boards.”
While the Dallas Mavericks’ situation is quite understandable considering they fought majority of Monday night’s battle on the glass without their key 7-footers logging even a combined 60 minutes per game, the team can’t depend on excuses any longer. The situation could last through the start of regular season and the Dallas Mavericks have to find alternate solutions or someone has to step up their game.
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk is expected to sit out the first few weeks of regular season as well as he recovers from arthroscopic surgery. And although center Chris Kaman claims he’ll be ready to return from a strained right calf in-time for the regular-season opener falling in next week, given his history its likely that the 30-year-old will be inconsistently absent throughout the 2012-2013 season.
The Dallas Mavericks are expecting to play a lot of smallball according to the team’s scheme this season, which has to be a go-to option with or without the team’s big men on the floor. This makes it essential for the Dallas Mavericks to find a solution to defending the glass. Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle revealed that the situation on the glass will be a “continuing area of focus” for his team this season.