Southwest Notes: Williams, Ginobili, Anderson

The Mavericks hope Saturday’s game was a breakthrough for new point guard Deron Williams, writes Tim MacMahon of Williams, who signed with Dallas in July after agreeing to a buyout with the Nets, hit two key shots late in a victory over the Pelicans“I don’t like to talk about my time in Brooklyn,” Williams said, “but a lot of times I was in the corner waiting and watching, so it felt good to just have the ball at the end of the game and be able to make a play.” 

There’s more from the Southwest Division:

  • At age 38, Manu Ginobili has become less reckless on the court, according to Tom Orsborn of The San Antonio Express News. The longtime Spur received a new two-year deal over the summer worth $5.7MM, with a player option for the second season. “I am changing the way I play a lot,” he said. “I still have that essence, but, of course, I don’t have the ability to go all the way as I used to do, or get to the line, or throw my body onto defenders. I have to mix it up, pick my battles, less minutes. But the good thing is I’m still having fun and I’m enjoying the season. I’m very happy and optimistic about our chances.”
  • Second-year player Kyle Anderson admitted “everything surprised me” during his rookie season with the Spurs, writes Adam Zagoria of Anderson is still seeing limited playing time in San Antonio, but the team displayed confidence by exercising its third-year option on him for the 2016/17 season. “You kinda think you have a feel from what’s going on because you’re in high school and you know a few NBA players and they tell you what it’s like,” Anderson said, “but I’ve come to know, in my second year, that what you think you know… It’s not that.”
  • Despite bringing back the core of last season’s Western Conference finalists, Rockets coach Kevin McHale told Calvin Watkins of he sometimes feels like he has “a new team.” Houston’s only major offseason deal was trading four players to Denver for Ty Lawson, but with forwards Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas out with injuries and center Dwight Howard not playing in back-to-back games, McHale has had to shuffle his lineup. “It’s a lot of hit and miss,” McHale said. “It feels, honestly, like live darts you’re throwing at the dartboard and seeing what you get.”
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