“The basket looked like the ocean to me.” 

 

Compared to the barren wasteland that basket has been for Wes, last night’s three point barrage was quite the sight for sore eyes. The “Iron Man” hit 10 three-pointers, tying George McCloud for the franchise record (NBA record is 12), and now the Mavericks pack their bags to take the short trip from D.C. to New York.

 

Through his first 18 games (two nights of rest), the Mavericks max contract investment was shooting just 30.8% percent from three point range. Hitting two a night is great, but on six and a half attempts isn’t going to get it done. This wasn’t who Wesley Matthews was nor is.

 

A game after declaring “I suck right now,” Wesley Matthews backed up his words in historical fashion. 10-17 from three, that’s badass. Several arrows flung into the rafters of the Verizon Center were an extremely pleasurable sight.

 

With little time to celebrate, as I doubt the team is doing much of after a regular season win over a Washington Wizards team that started Jared Dudley and Ryan Hollins at the 4 and 5, Dallas heads to Madison Square Garden to face the New York Knicks.

 

Always a team attached to high profiles and big storylines, the ones surrounding the Knicks have surprisingly very little to do with Carmelo Anthony. It’s all about #Knickstaps, “The Zinger,” “GodZingis,” which should all be in Webster’s soon before long.

 

Drafted 4th this past Summer, Knicks fans immediately hated the pick of “the foreign guy with potential.” Even Carmelo Anthony was ‘frustrated.’ Whoops.

 

They should have listened to yours truly. In my NBA Preview that you read, I said of Knicks draft pick Kristaps Porzingis

“I’m totally team #Knickstaps. Book it, he’s going to be really, really good.”

Considering how brutally wrong I usually am, I might toot my own horn a bit on this one. Toot. Sorry, farted.

 

The 20-year old Porzingis has been so good that he’s earned all those nicknames above, was the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for November and even the flip-floppy Knicks fans love him now!

 

In his first 21 games, the rookie from Liepaja, Latvia is averaging 14 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks a game. The last 20-year old to put up comparable numbers…Shaquille O’Neal. He also adds a three-pointer a game on 35%.

 

So he’s a foreign prospect who can shoot it. You can guess who he’s being compared to…Dirk Nowitzki. Even though his pogo stick game and frame remind me more of a young Kevin Garnett (how dare I cross-race compare?!) it will still be crazy fun to see Nowitzki and Porzingis face off for the first time tonight at the Garden.

 

Injury Report:

 

Mavericks:

J.J. Barea (ankle) questionable

Devin Harris (rib) questionable

Dwight Powell (knee) questionable

 

Knicks:

Carmelo Anthony (knee) questionable

 

Leaders:

 

Points:

Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki, 17.5

Knicks: Carmelo Anthony, 21.7

Rebounds:

Mavericks: Zaza Pachulia, 10 (9th in NBA; 12 Double-Doubles is 3rd)

Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis, 9.2 (Tie-13th in NBA; 10 Double-Doubles is Tied for 5th)

Assists:

Mavericks: Deron Williams, 6

Knicks: Jose Calderon, 3.8

Steals:

Mavericks: Deron Williams, 1.4

Knicks: Langston Galloway, 1.1

Blocks:

Mavericks: Dwight Powell, 0.8

Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis, 1.9 (Tie-7th in NBA)

 

How To Watch It:

 

6:30 PM CST on Fox Sports Southwest

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