Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks win over Timberwolves: 5. Defense
The Mavs were dominating the game through three quarters. They were up by 20-plus for significant stretches and appeared to be cruising to victory before their inconsistent and porous defense returned. Dallas allowed 45 points in the fourth quarter with Malik Beasley netting 22 on his own.
The Mavericks appear to have found their footing on offense. They have scored at least 116 points in four straight games, but the defense has been awful. In their last three games, Dallas gave up 147, 132, and 122 points.
Minnesota shot 42.9 percent on 42 3-point attempts on Monday night. They also made 46.2 percent of their field goals. The Mavericks have seen some hot shooting performances against them recently, but the defense is partially to blame. There were too many easy scores in transition and wide-open 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Luckily, it did not cost the Mavs a win.
The Dallas Mavericks must improve on the defensive end if they want to make the playoffs. Dallas has a lot of plus individual defenders, but the team is not clicking. Expect coach Carlisle to make some adjustments because the Mavs need to be better.
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