Dallas Mavericks: Overreacting to stats after 5 games

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Dallas Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

The 2018-2019 Dallas Mavericks are off to a surprising start. The Mavs have accumulated some intriguing stats so far this season as well.

The Dallas Mavericks are five games into their season. Early on the league takes form and MVP candidates are preordained before the players can finish their first road trip.

Premature analytics are either insightful foreshadowing or silly overreactions due to teams settling into their true identity. Regardless of the intent, early season statistics aren’t to be ignored, but rather, acknowledged for what it is: small sample size overreaction.

Since the season-opening night nightmare against the Phoenix Suns, the Mavericks have been without the steady-handed veteran Harrison Barnes and efficient floor-stretching Dallas’ favorite Dirk Nowitzki for most or all of their games. With such players out due to injury, there will be holes filled by names that typically otherwise wouldn’t get the same opportunity.

Team Record

In a perfect world, the Dallas Mavericks would celebrate an undefeated record. However, in a world void of happiness, the Mavericks don’t have a .500 record.

Finally, in the real world, (yes, we are not in the matrix anymore) the Mavs were a second-half meltdown in Atlanta away from sitting at an impressive winning record of 3-1. The Mavericks beat a playoff contender, the Minnesota Timberwolves, albeit on the second half of a back to back without its ill-tempered, soon-to-be-traded all-star guard, Jimmy Butler.

For a team with a league consensus of a lottery finish, Dallas is off to a decent start. After the defeat suffered by the Toronto Raptors on Friday night, the Mavericks are looking at a 2-3 record.

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