Wesley Matthews, Mavericks Both with Much to Prove as Dallas Eyes Post-Dirk Era

November 10th, 2015 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

It was a long night for the Dallas Mavericks, another one of many they've had in recent years against the Los Angeles Clippers.

They moved the ball. They got good shots. They played together. But Dirk Nowitzki (6-of-15 on the night) wasn't knocking down his looks at his usual clip, and without Wesley Matthews, Chandler Parsons and Deron Williams, Dallas was short on shotmakers. 

As head coach Rick Carlisle put it, "We couldn’t hit a bull in the ass with a bass fiddle."

That game, on Oct. 29, ended with a 104-88 defeat for Dallas—its 10th in 14 meetings with the Clippers since Chris Paul arrived in L.A. almost four years ago. The count could look much worse when factoring in the fallout from DeAndre Jordan's free-agency saga from this past summer.

For Nowitzki, that kind of clock-cleaning doesn't qualify as a rivalry.

"Usually in a rivalry, we need to win our fair share," he said after the game to a crowd of reporters huddled around his locker, his shirt drenched in sweat, his post-game shower awaiting him.

This is what it's like for Nowitzki on ...

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