Virginia's Justin Anderson has started five consecutive games for the Dallas Mavericks, who are fighting for a playoff bid in the Western Conference. The Mavs have won all five, and Justin Anderson keeps doing fun stuff that give us excuses to write articles about him.
In last night's closely contested 88-86 win over the Houston Rockets, who are competing for a playoff spot as well, Anderson played 20 minutes, scoring 5 points on 2-5 shooting and adding 3 rebounds and 2 assists. And he ran down this key block on what looked to be a go-ahead layup for Houston. (As the Mavericks' Vine page noted, "You can't outrun the king!")
In Anderson's five games as a starter, he's averaged 7 points (on 54% shooting) and 7 rebounds per game. That's relatively modest, but he's also done a good job of doing some of the little things that hurt him early in the year correctly. Anderson committed only one foul in 4 of the 5 games, and didn't turn it over in 4 of the 5 as well. He's also added at least one block per game.
Rick Carlisle noted that he's "playing hard" and has "been solid" and described the block above as a "
big time winning play."