O.J. Mayo and the rest of the Dallas Mavericks newcomers don’t always know exactly what they’re going to do next. But they’re getting into quite a groove while waiting for Dirk Nowitzki.
Dallas has shot better than 60 percent from the field in consecutive games for the first time in franchise history, in the first two games for Mayo and eight other first-time Mavericks.
Mayo, who has had consecutive 30-point games, best describes the Mavericks offense as organized street ball.
Dallas will play at home Wednesday against Toronto without Nowitzki and veteran forward Shawn Marion. They are the only players left who were also on the floor for Dallas’ only NBA title two seasons ago.
Nowitzki is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery.
Marion will miss at least three games with a sprained left knee ligament. The team said the four-time All-Star was a scratch for tonight’s home game against Toronto and won’t make a two-game trip to New York and Charlotte.
Marion, 34, will be re-evaluated next week. He sprained his left medial collateral ligament in the third quarter of the Mavericks’ 114-91 win over Portland on Monday night.
Marion is averaging 8.0 points and 9.0 rebounds through four games. He played at least 75 games in nine of his first 12 seasons and has career averages of 16.4 points and 9.2 rebounds.
Henderson injures foot
The Charlotte Bobcats announced starting guard Gerald Henderson could miss approximately 2-4 weeks with a sprained left foot.
Henderson, Charlotte’s leading scorer last season, injured the foot during Saturday night’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The team initially didn’t think the injury was going to be a problem, but further medical tests revealed Henderson sprained the mid-foot area and will miss more time than expected.
Through two games Henderson is averaging 12.5 points, 3 steals, 2.5 assists and 2 rebounds in 28 minutes. Henderson had 18 points in Charlotte’s season-opening win against Indiana last Friday night.
Either Ramon Sessions or Ben Gordon will take Henderson’s spot in the starting lineup when the Bobcats (1-1) host Phoenix tonight.
Lakers guard Blake fined
Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake was fined $25,000 by the NBA for directing inappropriate language toward a fan after fouling out late in a Nov. 2 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
The infraction occurred with 29.2 seconds left in a 105-95 defeat at Staples Center that dropped the Lakers’ season record to 0-3, the league said in a news release.
Blake, 32, was starting for injured point guard Steve Nash. He shot 2-of-6 for eight points, with two assists and three turnovers in the loss.
NBA fines Hornets coach
New Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for public comments criticizing the league’s concussion policy. Williams made the comments Saturday night in Chicago before the Hornets faced the Bulls with first overall draft pick Anthony Davis sidelined by a mild concussion.
Williams blasted the NBA’s protocols for determining when a player can return from a concussion, saying, “Now, they treat everybody like they have white gloves and pink drawers and it’s getting old. It’s just the way the league is now.”