Wesley Matthews' defensive game is top-notch, showing no real signs of being burdened by that Achilles injury he works to put in his rear-view. His offensive game is blossoming; Wesley has scored a season-high 26 points four times in the last seven games, including back-to-back games, Friday’s win over the Pacers and Saturday’s loss at Houston. And the leadership component is ever-present, coach Rick Carlisle citing Wes' charity event last week -- and the full team attendance it drew -- as a powerful tool to keep this 5-18 club together.
But there are realities about this roster and where it is going. Dirk Nowitzki is working to "ramp up'' his workouts this week, coach Rick Carlisle said on Monday, but he remains out "indefinitely.'' Andrew Bogut isn't healthy for not, and Deron Williams is healthy for now, but the Dallas Mavericks are being very careful with both of them, health-wise. And the same can be said for Barea (out again Monday as the Nuggets visit) and for Devin (on a minutes limitation if he's available at all; discussion here at DB.com Boards.)
As we address here in Monday Mavs Donuts, there are two distinct groups of Mavs -- that aforementioned older generation, and the kids. And then there is Wes, a "tweener'' of sorts, a status that fuels our "Locked On Mavericks'' podcast:
Is Wes Matthews A Trade Asset Or A Building Block?