Halfway through their current six-game road trip, things are going pretty well for the Cavaliers. They've handled their business in Washington, Minnesota, and Philadelphia, and they've won seven games in a row overall. Now, it's about to get tougher, as they swing through the Lone Star State to take on the Mavericks, Spurs, and Rockets.
Who: Cavs (26-9) at Mavericks (22-16)
When: Tonight, 8:30 pm Eastern
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Television: Fox Sports Ohio
Enemy blog: Mavs Moneyball
-Coming into the season, I'm not sure how many people picked Dallas to even make the playoffs (ESPN forecasted that they'd win just 38 games), but here we are. If the playoffs began today, they'd be seeded fifth in the West. Dirk Nowitzki is still able to play basketball at a fairly high level at age 37 (at least on offense), and Deron Williams is playing fine after a couple of tough years in Brooklyn.
-This will be, by my unofficial count, the fourth time LeBron has played in Dallas since the 2011 Finals. In those game, his teams are 4-0, and he's averaged 32.5 points per game on 66.7 percent shooting. If there were any lingering demons for him in that building after the way he played there in 2011, he's exorcised them.
-Also: LeBron looks to have learned how to shoot again. Despite missing all four of his threes against Minnesota last week, he's made 44.4 percent of his 27 three-point attempts in the month of January.
-This has nothing to do with basketball but it's on my mind and kind of related: I was in Dallas about a week ago, and I visited Dealey Plaza, where President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. I used to be skeptical, but now I've kind of come around on the idea that Oswald acted alone in carrying out the assassination. Do you guys have any theories?