WHEN: TONIGHT at 10:30 PM on TNT
WHERE: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
WHAT TO EXPECT: Sheer dominance. Or that’s what we’d hope to see after Mitch Kupchak coughed up every cent in his pocket and conceded luxury tax horrors in the future with the acquisitions of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard. The hefty price tag associated with this new on-court product will garner even heavier expectations this season after being demolished by the Thunder in the 2nd round of the 2012 playoffs.
Dallas, however, are the NBA’s new sob story. Coming into the offseason, we all thought Mark Cuban had informal commitments from Deron Williams and Dwight Howard the way he raved about the cap space he saved by letting almost all of his 2011 championship roster go through free agency. With his horrible offseason record, I believe Cuban might not have been able to retain Dirk Nowitzki himself had he been a UFA this summer. On the other hand, Cuban and the front office did manage to make some noise acquiring Darren Collison for Ian Mahinmi (how did this even happen, Kupchak Alert!) and signing Elton Brand, Chris Kaman and Swingman O.J. Mayo through free agency.
OUTCOME: If the 2012 West All Stars…I mean the Los Angeles Lakers play the way their roster looks on paper, it’s going to be a long night for Dallas. Anything less than that means Dallas has a fair shot at maybe winning this game. One name to watch for tonight, O.J. MAYO.