"We've got plenty of support for him, both from a staff standpoint, a team standpoint, veterans on the club. The guys all really like Dennis a lot, care about him, know how important he is to us this year and in the future. It's time to play." The Mavericks remember vividly the 2-13 start they had last season. Injuries played a major factor in that awful start. They start off this season with games against Atlanta and Sacramento, two teams that, on paper, the Mavericks should match up well against. "You want to get a good start," Carlisle said. "Last year was as tough as it gets. Atlanta's no easy team to play and Sacramento's no easy team to play, so we got to be good. We got to really compete
Reuters sports schedule at 0600 GMT on Friday: SOCCER Premier League West Ham United v Brighton and Hove Albion (1900) LONDON - Struggling West Ham and Brighton bid for their third wins of the season. (SOCCER-ENGLAND-WHU-BRH/, expect by 2045 GMT/4 45
The Portland Trail Blazers were an energized team after adding center Jusuf Nurkic for the stretch drive last season, rolling to their fourth consecutive playoff appearance. The Phoenix Suns enter the 2017-18 season hoping that another year of experience for their young cast can lead to at least postseason contention. The Western Conference teams open their regular season Wednesday at Talking Stick Resort Arena with the first of four games in the season series.
The Atlanta Hawks will seek to go 2-0 on their season-opening road trip when they visit the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night. The Hornets will be making their home debut, having fallen 102-90 at Detroit on Wednesday. The Hawks were one of five road teams to prevail in 13 games on the opening two nights of the NBA season.