Every morning, we will give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.
1: Brand, Collison come off the bench, fails to jump start Dallas
Dallas does not have Dirk Nowitzki, and so any thoughts of making final statements or analysis of the team is likely incomplete. O.J. Mayo has been thrust into a starring role for the Mavericks and has generally done a good job. Tuesday night was not one of those nights where Mayo fit into his new role. Mayo scored only 11 points on 4-for-10 shooting, missing a 3-pointer to win the game at the buzzer.
More importantly for Dallas was what happened at the end of the game. Coach Rick Carlisle elected to go with Darren Collison and Elton Brand on the bench to start the game, hoping to jump start the two veteran players.
Brand scored 17 points and Collison had 12 points and six assists. So maybe it did serve to boost those two. But Dallas also got off to an extremely slow start before taking over in the first quarter whe...