Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Before the Mavs-at-Lakers season-opening tipoff Tuesday, Dallas GM Donnie Nelson told me the goal 'is to protect the hill until our Big German cannon is back in our arsenal.' And then the Mavs won, 99-91, and Dirk Nowitzki tweeted from back home in Dallas: '1-and-0. As expected. On to the next one.' And for one night, at least, the hill is protected. The hill is owned. The Dirk-less Mavs are the king of the hill. An "expected victory" for the Dallas Mavericks? That's really not the way we foresaw this one, and we don't believe that Dirk -- sitting at home with his surgical-repaired knee elevated on the ottoman -- viewed it that way, either. But sometimes, David slays Goliath. And when he does, David lovers everywhere get to celebrate into the night and day and trip to the second night of a back-to-back, which is coming Wednesday in Utah. Things might change quickly; We don't know what Dallas will do in the "bad city" of Utah and we assume LA won't go 0-82. We don't know that...
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