Two Wins, One Loss
In Luka’s return from injury, the Mavericks defeated the San Antonio Spurs 102-98. Doncic led a balanced scoring effort with twenty-four points. DeRozan scored twenty-one points The Spurs mounted a late game comeback but Dallas was in control most of the game.
The Dallas Mavericks blew out the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night 141-121. Doncic recorded his ninth triple-double with 31 points, 15 assists, and 12 rebounds. This is what was expected from Luka’s return. In just twenty-eight minutes played, Porzingis tallied eighteen points, seven rebounds, four three pointers, and four blocked shots. Dallas had nine players scoring at least eight points and they broke the team record with twenty-four three pointers. The Mavericks are on pace to have the best offense in NBA history, even better than last years’ Warriors.
The Sunday night matchup with the Lakers was hard to watch. Dallas started very slow offensively and lacked consistent rhythm throughout. The same team that scored 141 points the night before struggled from the opening tip. Doncic never really got hot and Hardaway Jr.’s early injury did not help. The Mavericks had a few hot streaks but could not get a stop on the defensive end to amount to anything. Lebron distributed the ball well to his teammates making it difficult to slow them down. He finished with thirteen assists and the team had six players in double figures.
With five minutes left in the game, the Mavericks’ second string missed four three pointers in a row that could have brought the game back within single digits. After most of the first string returned, nothing seemed to change. Doncic did not make a single three pointer the whole night as the team shot 13-43(23%) on the night. That is over 13% lower than the season average. Additionally, Dallas turned the ball over eighteen times.
There is no simple solution for the poor performance. That is okay though. It is an eighty-two game season and teams have cold nights. That is part of the game. The Lakers closed the game out with a 108-95 finish.
Week Ahead For Mavericks
The next three games include the Thunder, Nets, and Hornets. All three games are winnable for Dallas. Look for the Mavericks to bounce back from their cold shooting performance against the Lakers. To record fifty wins this year, the Mavericks should be around 25-16 at the half way mark of the season. This would be a good goal for the Mavericks to strive for with their impressive performance thus far. At 21-11, Coach Carlisle and the team are well on on their way.
The Dallas Mavericks are next in action against the Thunder on Tuesday at 8:00 PM (EST).
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