Sweeney's debut because the appearing head coach paid dividends – The Official Dwelling of the Dallas Mavericks – Mavs.com

Not solely had been the Dallas Mavericks with out Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis in Friday’s street sport in opposition to the Houston Rockets. In addition they had been with out head coach Jason Kidd.Sean Sweeney
On Thursday evening Kidd came upon he examined optimistic for COVID-19. In the meantime, Doncic was sidelined with a proper ankle sprain and Porzingis was within the well being and security protocols.
With Kidd out, assistant coach Sean Sweeney turned the Mavs’ appearing head coach.
The end result: Mavs 130, Rockets 106.
It was the primary time Sweeney has been the appearing head coach in an NBA sport. And when it was over, the gamers celebrated the memorable event by dousing him with a number of bottles of water.
“It’s an enormous second him,” mentioned Jalen Brunson, who completed with 15 factors and 10 assists. “He’s going to downplay it. That’s how Sean is, however we’re actually excited for him.
“The chance that he had, he made positive we had been prepared and he did his job. We simply type of congratulated him for it and he deserved it.”
Listed below are our 5 takeaways from the 24-point victory over the Rockets.
SWEENEY WAS GREAT IN “THE BIG CHAIR”: Sweeney did extraordinarily effectively in his first sport because the Mavs’ appearing head coach. In sliding over one spot on the bench whereas filling in for Kidd in what Sweeney describes as “the large chair,” the appearing head coach had the Mavs dashing to play protection, dashing to get to the boards, dashing to push the tempo, dashing to share the basketball. It was as if the Mavs needed to catch a industrial flight and so they had been dashing to get to the airport so they might get via safety. Every thing they did Friday was distinctive and on level. That’s why Sweeney deservingly bought that bottled water bathtub from the gamers after the sport.
BULLOCK FOR THREE: Maybe now these critics can be silent after they questioned the offseason acquisition of three-and-d Reggiespecialist Reggie Bullock. One sport after serving to restrict Golden State Warriors famous person Stephen Curry to simply 14 factors on 5-of-24 taking pictures, Bullock transformed a season-high 5 three-pointers in 9 makes an attempt in opposition to the Rockets. And 4 of these triples got here lower than six minutes into the sport when the Mavs bought off to a 19-8 begin. Bullock completed the sport with 15 factors, seven rebounds and 4 assists in simply 23 minutes, and is 15-of-31 from downtown in his 5 video games since coming back from the well being and security protocols. And the Mavs have gained all 5 of these video games.
GREEN JUST NEEDED MINUTES: All Josh Inexperienced wished was an trustworthy likelihood to get some minutes so he might present everybody what he can do on the NBA degree. And now that he’s getting these minutes, he’s exhibiting the world that he will be very efficient on the NBA degree. Inexperienced completed Friday’s sport with a career-high 17 factors in simply 25 minutes. He was 6-of-7 from the sphere and in addition picked up 5 rebounds and a pair of steals. The Mavs handed on ex-TCU star Desmond Bane to take Inexperienced within the 2020 NBA Draft. And reality be advised, the one factor that’s separating the abilities of Bane and Inexperienced is that Bane is getting far more minutes than Inexperienced, whose plus/minus with the Mavs is off the charts.
SCORING BARRAGE: The Mavs let the Rockets know immediately that they weren’t going to waste time deciding who was going to win this sport. The Mavs took a really comfy 43-23 lead after the primary quarter. By halftime, that lead was nonetheless at 20 factors (80-60). And earlier than the third quarter was historical past, the Mavs’ lead had grown to 107-76. The 43 factors characterize the best scoring quarter of the season for the Mavs. And people eye-popping 80 factors are their highest scoring half of the season and is simply the sixth time in staff historical past they’ve scored at the least 80 factors within the first half. The Mavs had been scoring so quick, Millennials couldn’t maintain tempo on their cellTim cellphone calculators.
HARDAWAY DROPPING DIMES: Tim Hardaway Jr. wasn’t simply firing in a bunch of three-pointers Friday evening in opposition to the Rockets. He additionally was dropping a bunch of dimes. In solely 24 minutes, Hardaway poured in a team-high 19 factors and was 5-of-10 from three-point vary. Extra importantly, he was in search of – and discovering — his teammates as he additionally distributed a season-high seven assists. Hardaway’s help complete was one shy of his profession excessive of eight assists that he’s reached on 4 events. The final time Hardaway doled out eight assists was throughout a 136-134 time beyond regulation win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 1, 2018 when he performed 47 minutes whereas he was a member of the New York Knicks.
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