Everyone in Dallas Unhappy with Scheduling

From the press, to the team’s owner, no one seems particularly thrilled with this brutal little stretch in the Mavs’ schedule: “As usual, you can blame ESPN for all the problems in the world. Or at least with this particular 24-hour stretch of the Mavericks’ schedule. To accommodate the all-powerful Oz of television, the Mavericks had to tip off at 8:30 Sunday night. Actually, it was 8:42 when the ball went up in the air. A hard-fought game didn’t end until after 11 p.m. local time. The Mavericks showered, got dressed and headed to the airport as expeditiously as they could. And they were due to land in Charlotte, N.C., at 3:45 a.m., East Coast time. That means the earliest their heads hit pillows was 4:30 a.m. What does all this mean? It means the Mavericks are set up for a loss today against the Bobcats. All the odds are working against them.”