The Dallas Mavericks lost a heartbreaking first-round playoff series to the LA Clippers for the second year in a row. This time, Luka Doncic was otherworldly as the Clippers won in seven games. The Mavs took the first two games in Los Angeles and had a 3-2 series lead with two chances to close it out. They will regret the missed opportunities for a long time.
The Mavericks have a crucial offseason ahead. Luka averaged 35.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 10.3 assists per game in this series on 49.0 percent shooting from the field. He went for 46 in decisive Game 7 and was often the best player on the court, but it was not enough. Dallas must improve the roster around him if they want to make a deep playoff run in 2022.
One area the Mavs will not be making a change is at head coach. Rick Carlisle led Dallas to the championship in 2011 and is one of the best in the league. If there was any question that the Mavericks would make a change, owner Mark Cuban was quick to squash those rumblings. Let us take a closer look.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban lets fans know that Rick Carlisle is their coach
Head coach Rick Carlisle found himself answering a question about his thoughts on if he was the best man to lead the Mavs going forward. Fans can see his response below courtesy of Marc Stein.
Tim MacMahon shared owner Mark Cuban’s thoughts on the topic just hours after the Mavericks sixth straight first-round playoff exit since winning the championship in 2011.
Carlisle is under contract for two more seasons and will be back leading the Dallas Mavericks next year.
The Mavs were so close to defeating the LA Clippers. They won three games and fail just short on several occasions. The roster around Luka Doncic needs to improve. They must have a second star to support him. The Mavericks need another ball-handler that can be counted on to let Luka rest during games. Dallas also must improve their defense.
They can create cap space this offseason but have multiple holes to fill. It will be interesting to see what owner Mark Cuban and GM Donnie Nelson can get done. Stay tuned.