The Dallas Mavericks made it three straight losses as they went to Canada and lost to the Toronto Raptors 105-100 on Saturday night. Raptors head coach Nick Nurse was not going to let Luka Doncic () defeat his team, so he doubled often and forced number 77 to give the ball up. It was a recipe for success on Nov. 26 as the shorthanded Raptors got the win and a split of the season series.
It was more of the same from the Mavericks on Saturday night. Dallas needs Luka to handle a massive workload to have any chance because the roster around him is not producing. Doncic did not get enough help in Toronto, which resulted in a third consecutive loss.
The Mavs raced out to a 15-4 edge at the start of the game because the rest of the roster was making shots. Things slowed down, and the Raptors earned a hard-fought win. Here are three discouraging takeaways for Dallas from that contest.
Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks loss to Raptors: 3. Poor shooting continues
The Mavs only have two ball-handlers and playmakers on their roster. They rely heavily on catch-and-shoot options, especially when teams force Luka Doncic to give up the ball. Saturday was another night where those jumpers just did not fall.
The Mavericks shot 11 of 39 from 3-point range or just 28.2 percent. Take out the five-of-12 shooting from long range from Doncic and Dinwiddie, and the rest of the roster was just six of 27. That is simply not good enough to win, especially when Dallas relies so heavily on making threes.
The Dallas Mavericks have not made open shots in recent games, and that is why they have lost four of their last five. Dallas needs to be better moving forward or the results will stay negative.