Dallas Mavericks: 3 takeaways from the loss in Chicago

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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1.  KP and Curry are important floor spacers

The Dallas Mavericks shot 12 of 42 from 3-point range against the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. That works out to 28.6 percent. It was not positive. They missed some open looks, but there was more to it than that.

The Mavs were without two of their best shooters in Seth Curry and Kristaps Porzingis. Curry just moved into second all-time in 3-point percentage. Porzingis is finding his groove and proving to be a well above league average marksman.

It is not just their shooting, though. Each man provides Dallas with a bit of extra room on the floor. Defenders cannot afford to leave Porzingis or Curry open. That means sticking to their man and creating space for others to operate.

Maxi Kleber and Courtney Lee started in place of KP and Curry. They did not provide that same impact. Lee dealt with foul trouble against the Bulls. Kleber did not get the same respect on the offensive end of the floor as Porzingis.

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Hopefully, both Curry and The Unicorn are back in the lineup when the Mavericks take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night. They need them both to thrive. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.