|2014 NBA Pre-Season Game 2|
|October 10th, 2014|
|American Airlines Arena, Dallas, Texas|
|7:30 PM Central Daylight Time|
|Injury Report: Mitch McGary (Out)|
|Previous Matchups: Nov 6th (W 107-93), Mar 17 (L 109-86), Mar 25 (L 119-108 OT)|
|Russell Westbrook||PG||Devin Harris|
|Andre Roberson||SG||Montae Ellis|
|Kevin Durant||SF||Chandler Parsons|
|Serge Ibaka||PF||Dirk Nowitzki|
|Kendrick Perkins||C||Tyson Chandler|
The Mavericks are a team that seems to change face yearly. This year, they emphasized the offensive aspects of an already offensive team, and figure to have one of the highest scoring lineups since the Nellie-ball days. Devin Harris replaces Jose Calderon, and will bring more inside scoring to that position. Chandler Parsons will give the team a serious catch and shoot presence that they didn't have previously, as well as someone who can trigger the break. Tyson Chandler hopefully defensively anchors the middle, though it's been a while since he was involved in a major NBA series.
On the Thunder's end, worse news couldn't have come out of Wednesday night's game against the Nuggets. Mitch McGary, the team's highest draft pick whom had performed marvelously in the Summer League, Blue-White Scrimmage, and first pre-season game, was injured. A fractured foot is to keep him out for 6 weeks. This is good news for Steven Adams, who should see the lion's share of minutes in the center position as a result. When Adams and Perkins are out, Perry Jones III could be in for some extra time as a flex forward. Talib Zanna, Lance Thomas, and Richard Solomon could all be in for some extra time as well. The Thunder are basically full up though, so it would take a miraculous performance from one of those players in order for them to make the roster.
In any case, tonight's game will probably consist of the starters in very limited minutes, followed by tons of time for the bench. Hopefully Jeremy Lamb goes better than 1-14 this time.
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