Mavs Show Potential with Win in Toronto

Waleed ErshadCorrespondent IDecember 18, 2008

The Dallas Mavericks beat the Toronto Raptors 96-86 on Wednesday night. In no way was this game a great win by the Mavs. They trailed most of the first part of the game, and allowed Toronto to score 33 in the first quarter. And in no way was this a game to get overly excited about and label them as contenders.

But it was a good win and showed some good signs.

The Defense

I should say the defense for the latter part of the game. Toronto got off to a scorching start on a 16-2 run. The Mavs later turned it on and held them to 30 points in the second and third quarters combined. Chris Bosh finished the game with 12 points on 6-20 shooting thanks to Devean George who got that assignment.

Jason Terry's Role as the Second Option

Jason Terry took over the role as the second option when Josh Howard was out. Now, even though Josh Howard has returned, the "Jet" keeps shooting and scoring. Tonight he looked like the first option because of his 27 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists line. 


Jason Terry is doing a much better job of being aggressive, and dishing the ball this year.  Maybe he learned some stuff from Jason Kidd.

Josh Howard's Back

Josh Howard did chip in with an excellent 20 points in 22 minutes on 8-15 shooting, as he is easing his way back into the lineup. I'm glad to see Jason Terry, Dirk Nowitzki, and Josh Howard co-existing, and scoring at least 20 points each.

Bench & Role-Players

Let's face the facts; Nowitzki, Terry, and Howard are not all gonna drop 20 each night. One of them is gonna have an off-game. The bench and the rest of the starters played decent against Toronto, but not up to their expectations. None of them scored in double digits. Kidd finished with seven points, four assists, and two rebounds, not needing to have a big night. Bass had eight points and five rebounds.

When one of our big three scorers has an off-game, we can usually count on at least one other player to step in. Whether it be Kidd dishing out dimes and making his open three balls, Bass with his power dunks and snatching down boards, Gerald Green shooting the lights out of it and high-flying dunks, or most recently JJ Barea slashing through the lane and making plays.

Let's hope the Mavs can keep it up!