Let’s hope this road trip doesn’t end up entitled “Crusin’ For a Bruisin’ ” but that’s the way it’s looking so far.
The Dallas Mavericks have struggled on and off all season with various issues including poor shooting, a lack of rebounding and turnovers. The unholy trinity manifested itself in a big way Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers as the Mavs fell behind by as many as 20 points in the first half
The Mavericks never got closer than 12 and seemed to do little more than watch the Clippers flying around the rim, eventually falling 112-90 in yet another blowout loss.
It was much like a paid study on what’s been wrong with the Mavericks all year, which paved the way for a comprehensive display of what the Clippers do well: force turnovers, covert in transition and get repeated monster dunks as a result.
Shawn Marion, Chris Kaman, Vince Carter and Derek Fisher all had decent games, scoring 14-16 points apiece but it wasn’t enough to overcome the horrible shooting by the rest of the team (under 29%) as well as 22 turnovers and once again being outhustled under the glass.
Jamal Crawford had 20 points to lead a balanced Clippers attack, followed by Blake Griffin with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Chris Paul and 14 points and 13 assists plus he added 5 more steals to his league-leading total. Former Mav Caron Butler had the hot hand early and finished with 16 points and even Lamar Odom got in on the action with 4 points and 11 rebounds.
The Clippers moved to 12-6 while the Mavs fell two games under .500 again at 8-10. The Mavericks will play again Thursday night in Phoenix against the Suns. We’ll have full game analysis of the Clippers debacle and a Suns preview tomorrow on The Smoking Cuban.