The Dallas Mavericks started their 2013 season with the beginning of the preseason, first facing off with the New Orleans Pelicans at home on Oct. 7 and then going to Memphis for a game with the Grizzlies on Oct. 9.
The Mavs finished the opening week 1-1, but may have lost more than just one game.
Backup center Brandan Wright was 7-of-8 from the field and scored 14 points in just under 20 minutes against the Pelicans, but suffered a fractured shoulder during practice on Oct. 8. Wright didn’t suit up for the Mavs game with the Griz.
Without its star point guard Jose Calderon, Dallas went into its preseason opener with rookie Gal Mekel at the one, but the rook committed five turnovers to go along with the team’s 28 total turnovers.
The Mavericks shot seven percent better from the field than the Pelicans, but the Pelicans outscored Dallas by seven in the final quarter for a 94-92 win.
Last year’s No. 1 pick Anthony Davis scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed seven boards while second-year guard Brian Roberts scored all of his 17 points in the fourth.
The Mavs were up 42-39 at the half.
Dirk Nowitzki scored just six points and had four rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes, sitting out for the fourth quarter. Another new point guard, Monta Ellis had 13 points and a game-high seven dimes.
Dallas fared much better against the Griz, up fifteen after the third, then withheld a Memphis rally for a 95-90 victory.
Nowitzki scored 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting and added six boards and three assists. New center, Samuel Dalembert, who saw limited action in foul trouble versus New Orleans, had 11 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Ellis also had 11 points and dished out eight more dimes as he played point for most of the game.
The Mavs committed 16 turnovers and shot 45.6 percent from the field.
As for Wright, it doesn’t appear the third-year Maverick doesn’t need surgery and will be evaluated weekly. There is no timetable for his return.
The next preseason game will be against the Magic on Oct. 14.
Dallas will open the 2013 regular season against the Atlanta Hawks on Oct. 30.