2. DeAndre Jordan’s struggles continue
Jordan owned the glass like he always does, but he looked disengaged on the defensive side of the ball. DeAndre Jordan has certainly had his fair share of struggles on that side of the ball this season, and it seems to be getting worse before it gets better.
Jordan does a poor job of moving his feet and defending screens. Combined that with Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr.’s struggles on defense as young guards still learning the fundamentals, and it leads to a starting lineup that just can’t seem to figure out how to get a stop.
DJ’s numbers were not fantastic against the Bulls. He had six points, two assists, one turnover, and five fouls in 31 minutes. The Mavs starting center shot three of five from the field and missed both his free throws.
Jordan needs to take a page from Maxi Kleber. Kleber is a maniac on defense by hustling, blocking shots, forcing turnovers.
Kleber always rotates over and contests anyone breaking to the basket at the rim. If Jordan could play with the same kind of energy and fire as Kleber does on the defensive end, the Mavericks would be far better off.
Until then, the Mavs will continue to struggle on defense.