Losing center Tyson Chandler was considered a huge blow to the Dallas Mavericks' road to defending their NBA throne. Chandler anchored the Mavs' defense with intimidation around the rim, rebounding, blocked shots and the occasional offensive output.
And as much as the loss of Chandler is having its ripple effects for Dallas so far this season, Mavs center Ian Mahinmi feels he is more than capable to man the paint and relishes the opportunity.
"Obviously for me, it opened up a big opportunity. Right now I am playing the backup to Brendan (Haywood) and there's a lot of minutes available. For me I just take that as a challenge, as an opportunity and I want to grab it," said Mahinmi prior to last week's San Antonio Spurs-Dallas Mavericks matchup.
And grab the opportunity he has.
Off the bench for Dallas, Ian has averaged a respectable 8.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, and shooting a whopping 70% from the field in 20.1 minutes. A far cry from averaging 3.1 points, 2.1 rebounds last season with D...