If you see the Mavs going to Milwaukee on the schedule, you can pretty much chalk up a loss. The Bucks could go 1-81, and the Mavs could go 81-1, but that one win/loss would be the Mavs in Milwaukee. It's almost scientific. The Mavs are 5-21 in Milwaukee in their entire history. That's not an aberration based on how good the teams are, that's just a bad omen. Unfortunately, the omen held true on this evening.
1. Michael Redd: Those that don't really follow basketball don't know this guy, but he's one of the most prolific scorers in the league. I love him. I have him on my fantasy team. As most of you know, my favorite players in the league are all Mavericks, so everyone else has to start at #16. Redd is in my top 20, or top 5 non-Mavs depending on how you look at it. In this game he posted 27 points on 7 of 11 shooting and 12 of 15 from the free throw line. I know that doesn't sound awesome, but trust me. Redd is one of the most underrated players in this league.
2. Andrew Bogut: I just can't think of a pun for this guy's name, but he's starting to live up to his #1 pick status considering that it was a down year for draft picks. He went 6 of 12 from the field for 16 points, and collected 14 boards, a steal and 2 blocks.
3. Josh Howard/Jason Terry: This is kind of a cop out, but I wanted to get 2 Bucks in here. Howard and Terry combined for 45 points on 18 of 36 shooting (7 of 13 from 3 land), 12 boards and 6 assists. Howard kept us in it early, Terry kept us in it late.
- Dirk's Digits: The only time the Mavs have truly won in Milwaukee was when they traded Robert "Tractor" Traylor to the Bucks for the rights to some 19-year-old German kid that went on to become the MVP of the league. He did take a wicked hard fall at the end of the first quarter and hit the back of his head, but he still went for 20 points, 3 boards, 3 assists and a block.
- Quick: tell me the name of the Bucks head coach. Give up? It's none other than Larry Krystkowiak! How did you not know that?
- One of the announcers mentioned that someone said that Yi Jianlian was the next Dirk. I vomited laughing. Tell me something. How easy would it be to cheer for your star first round draft pick rookie when he holds out because he doesn't want to play for your team or live in your city because there isn't a large Chinese influence in the community but winds up on your team because he didn't have any better options? Milwaukee, I would like to introduce you to Yi Jianlian, the next Dirk Nowitzki. (induce vomiting)
- Not only did Dirk take a nasty spill, but Josh Howard got undercut and rolled an ankle. Then Bucks point guard Mo Williams rolled an ankle, too. It's a plague, and I place the blame totally on Castro. It just makes sense.
- I love Charlie Villanueva, and the reason why is because he can't grow hair. Seriously. It's a condition called Alopecia. I used to think it was a joke, but it's true. This man will never need a waxing. He doesn't shave his head, he doesn't have eyebrows, and his twig and berries hold no leaves, if you get the metaphor. In all seriousness, this is a true, rare disease that starts during childhood. All those lonely, confused, hairless kids now have a role model, and Charlie does his best to give them a positive one. I can salute that.
- This is a homecoming of sorts for Devin Harris. He's from Milwaukee, and even won Wisconsin Mr. Basketball 2001. I haven't been able to find this with my usual in-depth research, but I heard that the runner-up for Wisconsin Mr. Basketball that year was none other than Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Regardless, Harris has a huge cheering section. By the way, they showed an interview during the game where they asked what Devin got his mom for Mother's Day. He said he bought her a Lexus convertible. They asked him what kind, and he said he didn't remember. Who can't relate to that?
- During the game they advertise that SuperCuts is offering $3 haircuts at the next home game to raise money for Mark Cuban's Fallen Patriot Fund. I'm all for raising money for the troops, but I have two words for a $3 haircut from SuperCuts. Hell and No. I will just hand them $3, and walk away.
- The two Josh Howard undercuts were compliments of Milwaukee's Bobby Simmons, who's name is Spanish for Bruce Bowen.
Don't fret the Mavs record. Just promise me one thing. You don't get worried until I get worried. I'm not worried. Sure they don't look great, but their record thus far isn't too far off from their record at this point last year . . . when they won 67 games. And even when they haven't won 67 games, they have been a formidable team. Am I concerned? Yes. Am I worried? No. Be patient, and I will let you know when to panic. Go Mavs!