The Dallas Mavericks fell to 25-20 after falling to the Brooklyn Nets 107-106.
1. Cold Shooting: Not a single Mavs starter shot over 50%. Dirk Nowitzki and Jose Calderon each finished 5-15 from the field. The Mavs ended the first quarter with just 16 points.
2. Mirza Teletovic: If you didn’t know who he was before, You do now! He sure put on a show in the 2nd quarter. Raining 6 3’s and finishing with 24 points in the period. Let’s just say the Mavs weren’t helping themselves by leaving him open after countless makes. A guy who averages just over 8 points a game, finished with a game high 34 points.
3A. Mavs Bench Shines: Though the Mavs fell in defeat, the bench showed a glimpse of what it may be able to do. Carter, Wright, and Harris combined for 41 points. Harris had his best game of the season, finishing with 14 points before fouling out
3B. Nets Bench Shines Brighter: The Nets’ bench finished with 74 points. Big thanks to Mirza’s big night, Deron Williams 18 points, and the contributions of Terry, Blatche, and Kirilenko.
4. To Miss or Not to Miss? Carlisle had Dirk intentionally miss the second free throw with the score at 105-103. Twitter was in an up-roar in displeasure. As much as I’m against the strategy, In Carlisle I trust.
5. Dirk vs Kg: We wouldn’t have confused this matchup for those old Mavs-Wolves days. Both combined for just 28 points.
6. History: The Nets sported former Mavs champs Jason Kidd (coach) and Jason Terry and Mavs free agent target D-Will. Terry even showed off some of his old tricks with a baseline pull up J and a pull up 3. The Mavs have former Nets’ Devin Harris and Vince Carter, who both were All-Stars with the Nets, and Brandan Wright.
Final Words: The Mavs have a long way to go. As the season progresses we’d expect the defense to improve, well that isn’t happening. Majority of the Nets shot attempts were wide open, the Nets were just happening to miss them. With The Memphis Grizzlies surging and the Minnesota Timberwolves hanging around, the Mavs can find themselves outside of the playoff picture soon. The Mavs have lost 3 of their last 4 games and as much as I want to say there are some easy games coming up, there is not such thing as an “easy” game for these Mavs.
The Mavs host the Detroit Pistons (17-26) at 4:30 pm CT.