Mavs Opening Night

Mavs Opening Night

Katelyn Day, Staff Writer

As the first week of the Mavs season comes to an end, a new group of faces were welcomed into the AAC. Rookie Dennis Smith, Jr. made his NBA debut as a starter, racking up a total of 16 points, ten assists, and three rebounds, earning a double double in 30 minutes of play. Smith set a record of being the youngest starter in NBA history of earning a double double in his debut. The addition of Smith being selected by the Mavs as the eighth pick in the draft gave Maverick fans hope of a new start this season.

On opening night, Dallas played the Atlanta Hawks in a 117-111, earning their first loss of the season. Following the tough loss, the Mavs continued their losing streak, getting handed their second loss by the Sacramento Kings 93-88. The Mavs played the Rockets on the road in Houston, taking their winning record to 0-3, with a final score of 107-91. The Mavericks’ losing streak continued after the Golden State Warriors finished off their road trip grabbing a 133-103 win over Dallas.

Injuries are a big part of our winning record right now. Due to guard Seth Curry, a critical component to the team, tearing a muscle in his leg during pre-season, he is out indefinitely. Power forward Josh McRoberts was out Monday against the Warriors due to a knee strain, and point guard Devin Harris is taking a leave of absence following the death of his brother. With the absence of key players, the Mavs have to find a way to work around the absences in order to earn their first win. The Mavs host the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.