Two teams from the NBA, "Texas triangle" square off tonight in Dallas as the host country to play the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets struggled in the American Airlines Center. Tip-off time is scheduled for 8:30 ET.
Pole in the quarterfinals of the young season and the two teams headed in different directions radically. In Dallas, with a variety of veterans, Laden, has won 12 of the first 16 games while the missiles, and played without two top players, lost 11 games in their first 15.
Houston, we have a problem
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Heading to work at the end of this week, and these missiles banged-up 4-11 and off to their worst start since opening 4-12 in 2005-06.
The team failed to live up to expectations at the beginning of the season. They were also trying to figure out who will step up to the injured Yao Ming, Aaron Brooks. Yao does not constitute a significant threat, as it was within 24 minutes before going down. But Brooks is the motivation for their speed is very fast and hit 209 three-pointers last season. Coach Rick Adelman said both players 'weeks' to return.
In the search for what is wrong with the rockets, and has provided many answers.
And can range from the type of excuse, and (injuries, lack of options the attack late in the game and lack of consistency or coherence of defense), but in fact everyone did not mention his name to Luis Scola, Kevin Martin - playing worse than last season, worse than it was reasonably expected and what is perhaps worse than ever. Except two, who have put up consistent numbers are consistent with the instructions a bit, and everyone is struggling.
Shane Battier is still in a certificate numbers are low. Kyle Lowry is to hit 29 percent, including 18.8 percent from downtown. It was great disappointment the bench, with Chase Budinger hit 16.1 percent of the shots from beyond the arc.
Rocket science that will have some defensive issues, but it is believed that they can improve enough to be the offense make up the difference. Instead, it was shaky defense and ranked 28 in the league in points allowed with 107.3 per game. Offensive Houston is 5 in scoring (104.8) and 6 in the recovery of (47.3), but generally do not have a lot of guys playing well night in and night out.
So that both Brooks and the return of Yao, the success of this team will likely depend on the play of Martin and Scola. Killed Martin, who never met a jump he does not like to lead the Rockets in scoring at 23 points per game while contributing 16.5 Scola for a walk.
Time is running out
Dallas got out of the gate quickly, but this is a team built to win now. Window has not closed the loop in terms of winning, but getting very narrow. The Mavericks starting five of Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, Dirk Nowitzki and Brendan Haywood average 33 years of age and have the most talented team the Mavericks after. Already this season and the Mavericks beating the Miami, Boston and New Orleans, Denver and Atlanta go 3-1-1 against amphetamine-five of the best teams in the league.
Last season, they brought in Cutler Haywood and Caron to compensate for the absence of Josh Howard, who was hurt more often. But rather than trade them to the next level, and got all of it was another early playoff exit at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs. Now a team has a payroll of $ 84 million and six of the best players are all on the north side of 30-37, and Jason Kidd, Jason Terry 33, Dirk is 32, Marion is 32, while Haywood and Butler are both 30.
Coach Rick Carlisle has to like it was a sign of the defense team, who finished third in the league in fewest points allowed (92.5), fifth in field goal defense (43.7 percent). Dallas scored 22 in 97.6 ppg. Nowitzki with an average of 26.1 points per game.
This will be the first meeting of the season between the two south-western section. Last year, the teams split four meetings a Su and steroids.