The Dallas Mavericks only got to enjoy their new shave 24 hours. It was a lackluster effort by anyone not named Dirk Nowitzki, Vince Carter, or Mike James. They made up 63 points of the team’s total 97.
After their last home loss to the Phoenix Suns, it was the players calling out certain individual’s lack of effort to win. Tonight, head coach Rick Carlisle chose to be more specific.
He referred to O.J. Mayo saying, ” He didn’t compete.” Carlisle went on to say how “shocked” he was that Mayo did not answer the call for his current team to have a winning record at the expense of his old team that let him go.
Coach also specified that even during halftime he showed Mayo tape of him standing around on defense to try to get him mentally in the game. Nothing seem to work , as Juice finished the night with only 2 points. He was 1-6 from the field and 0-4 from three-point range.
Mayo was not the only Maverick that played poorly tonight, but as in the past, his performance seemed to frustrate Rick Carlisle the most as he talked about how much preparation and coaching he has done with him to make him a better player.
The Mavs led by as much as 14 points and even went into the second half up by 8. The Grizzlies battled back in the 3rd and 4th quarter scoring a season high for a half, 65 points.
The bottom line now is that for the first time in 12 years the Dallas Mavericks will play the last game of the season without thinking about resting for the playoffs or who they will play in the first round.
Instead they will be fighting to be mediocre.