As the Dallas Mavericks prepare to host the Houston Rockets in their home opener Tuesday at American Airlines Center, patience remains a buzzword. The offseason change at the front of the Mavericks' bench was significant enough to inspire cries for that patience, especially following an 26-point season-opening loss to the Atlanta Hawks last week. With Jason Kidd having replaced Rick Carlisle, enough has changed for the Mavericks (even with the bulk of Dallas' roster remaining intact from last season) to require a period of acclimation.
Houston Rockets (1-2, ninth in the Western Conference) vs. Dallas Mavericks (1-1, seventh in the Western Conference)Dallas; Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Western Conference foes Dallas and Houston square off.Dallas went 42-30 overall and 21-21 in Western Conference play last season. The Mavericks averaged 112.4 points per game while allowing opponents to score 110.2 last season.Houston went 5-7 in Southwest Division play and 8-28 on the road last season. The Rockets averaged 108.8 points pe
The Celtics defeated the Rockets, 107-97. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 31 points and nine rebounds, while Al Horford added 17 points, ten rebounds and three blocks in the victory. Jalen Green, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft from the G League Ignite, tallied a team-high 30 points (8-10 3pt FG), along with four rebounds and three assists for the Rockets in the losing effort. The Celtics improve to 1-2 on the season, while the Rockets fall to 1-2.