Sunday, March 7

Mavericks and Rockets finally arrive in Houston

Amid the cold weather crisis gripping the state, the Texas-based Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets meet in Houston on Friday.

Freezing temperatures and the resulting power shortage forced the Mavericks’ scheduled game against Detroit to be postponed on Wednesday.

“The important thing is to get through it all, always hoping for the best, but ready for more surprises,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said, according to “Suddenly we’ve had two ultra-extraordinary situations with a global pandemic and then an unexpected freeze.”

Wednesday’s postponement gave the Mavericks an unexpected five-day break between games. In his last outing, a 121-118 loss to Portland on Feb. 14, Luka Doncic scored 44 points but missed an open look at the possible game-tying 3-pointer in the closing seconds.

“If I had that shot nine more times, I think I would do it nine times in a row,” Carlisle said at his postgame press conference.

Doncic enters Friday’s contest averaging 29.1 points, 9.4 assists and 8.6 rebounds per game, all team-highs. Sunday marked his second straight game scoring at least 44 (he scored 46 points Feb. 12 against New Orleans) and the third game of more than 42 points in Dallas’ last five.

Doncic scored 42 points on February 6 against Golden State.

In two previous meetings with Houston this season, Doncic scored and dished out more assists (33 points, 11 assists) than his average in a win on Jan. 4 and stayed below those marks in a loss (26 and eight).

The Rockets will aim to stop Doncic on Friday, while also looking to break a seven-game streak.

The Texas energy and weather crisis has so far not affected the Houston schedule. The Rockets finished a three-game swing on the East Coast on Wednesday with a 118-113 loss in Philadelphia.

Houston made Wednesday’s competition competitive down the stretch, despite giving up 69 points in the first half and putting up 26 points in the intermission.

“The way we played in the first half was unacceptable, unfair to themselves, unfair to everyone, and they had to make a decision as to our professionalism, our sloppy play in general,” Rockets coach Stephen Silas said. , in his post-game. Press conference. “Unbelievably disappointing in the first half, walking, not defending, not doing the things we should be doing. I challenged them to be better and they were.”

During its current losing streak, Houston has allowed 118.7 points per game. In three of the seven losses, the Rockets failed to score 100 points.

A variety of absences from the lineup have contributed to Houston’s recent struggles. Christian Wood, who is averaging 22 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, has been out of the game his entire losing streak due to an ankle injury.

PJ Tucker (quadriceps) and Victor Oladipo (foot) also missed Wednesday’s game. Dante Exum, acquired last month, has yet to make his Rockets debut due to a calf injury.

John Wall has picked up much of the scoring load in recent games, scoring at least 22 points in six of the last seven games he’s been available. He scored 26, 29 and 28 points respectively in Houston’s last three outings.

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