The Dallas Mavericks are one of the youngest teams in the NBA. With a 21-year-old superstar and a 25-year potential all-star, growing pains are expected. However, Mavs fans expect that from game to game and season to season the team will improve and learn from their mistakes.
In some areas, supporters should be happy with the improvements. According to Lineups.com, the Mavericks were 16th in total points allowed in the 2019-2020 season, but they are up to 14th. Also, Luka Doncic has improved his free throw shooting from 75.8 to 78.3 percent.
While these improvements may appear marginal, scoring a few more and preventing a couple of additional points per game can have an immense impact on wins and losses. The problem is the Mavericks are struggling to close out clutch games.
Dallas Mavericks continue to struggle in clutch time
The Mavs were 17-24 in clutch games with a 99.2 offensive rating and a 106.8 defensive rating, according to NBA Stats. That placed them 26th in offensive rating and 15th on the defensive end.
This season, Dallas is 3-6 in clutch games with a 111.4 offensive rating and a 117. 9 defensive rating. The offense ranks 15th in the league, while the defense sits 22nd.
If the Mavericks want to take a step up and be considered an elite team their clutch issues will need to improve. In a shortened season, they need every win. With COVID, conditioning, and the rough start, the Mavericks cannot afford to lose as many clutch games as they did last season.
So, what can the team do to improve? Here are three ways the Dallas Mavericks can fix their clutch woes.
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