Dallas Mavericks Weekly: Dirk, Golden State & Big Break

The Dallas Mavericks had a week full of their first winning streak, a recovering Dirk Nowitzki, and a much needed four day break. The following is the full weekly recap.

Coming into the week, Dallas had just earned their first victory against the Milwaukee Bucks at home behind a surprising game from undrafted forward, Dorian Finney-Smith.

With only two games in the week, Dallas had their sights set on a potential winning streak and a recovering Dirk Nowitzki as they knew a long break was coming towards the end of the week.

The following is a recap of the past week for the Dallas Mavericks.

Nov 8, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Marcelo Huertas (4) chases down Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry (30) the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Behind Big Nights From Harrison Barnes and Seth Curry, Mavs Win in Los Angeles

After winning their first game on Sunday, Dallas started a winning streak on Tuesday after beating the young Lakers team in Los Angeles.

Finney-Smith earned his first start for the Mavericks as Harrison Barnes led the way with 31 points and Seth Curry added 23.

Read the full game recap here. 

Oct 28, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Andrew Bogut (6) looks down during the second half against the Houston Rockets at the American Airlines Center. The Rockets defeat the Mavericks 106-98. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Emotional Return to Golden State for Bogut, not Barnes

In their first game back to Golden State after being let go for nothing, Andrew Bogut admitted there would be emotions heading back to his old stomping grounds.

As Barnes says it was “just another game”, Bogut said there would be plenty of emotions since he won a championship with the majority of the guys still on that roster.

Read quotes from Bogut and Barnes ahead of the Warriors matchup here.

Nov 9, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Nicolas Brussino (9) controls the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas, Missing Six Players, Fall to Warriors

After missing Dirk, Deron, and Devin Harris, Rick Carlisle decided to rest Wesley Matthews, Andrew Bogut, and J.J. Barea for their matchup in Oakland.

Although the Mavs were routed by the Warriors, it was quality experience for the youngsters as there were only 9 active players for the Mavs.

Read the full game recap here.

Nov 4, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams (middle) and Dallas Mavericks guard Justin Anderson (right) react during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Mavs Get Exactly What They Need

With a plethora of injuries plaguing the roster, the Mavericks got exactly what they needed…a long break.

After the Warriors game on Wednesday night, Dallas took the next four days to recover and recuperate before going to New York on Monday night.

Read about plans for the break and injury updates during the four day break here.

Nov 4, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) has his leg worked on by trainers during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Dirk Nowitzki “Unlikely” to Come Off the Bench

With Dirk still recovering from his sore Achilles, I took time to ask Rick Carlisle about the possibility of Dirk being eased into action when he comes back.

Carlisle delivered a solid quote that expressed his stance on that topic pretty clearly and also gave updates to Dirk’s practice schedule as he gets back to game ready.

Read the full story here.

The Dallas Mavericks have a full week ahead as they travel east before coming home on Friday night. Stay tuned for all of you latest Mavs updates.

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