Dallas Mavericks issue without Luka Doncic: 1. Shot creation
The biggest hole without Doncic on the floor is the team’s shot creation. The Mavs starters scored 27 points on Wednesday night and no player was in double-figures against the Rockets. Sure, they missed some open looks, but they did not have Luka to draw the defense and get some easy buckets inside.
The biggest issue is the rest of the roster's reliance on outside shooting. The Mavericks took 55 3-pointers on Nov. 16, which was the most by any team in a game this season. Only four other times has a team topped 50 threes attempted. Spencer Dinwiddie can get to the rim and score, but the rest of the roster is catch-and-shot players. They need to be set up and struggle to even attack a closeout.
The Mavs are going to struggle to win any game with just one playmaker able to take the floor. What if Doncic or Dinwiddie needs to miss additional time? Dallas is just going to punt those games? It was clear the Mavericks needed another ball-handler and playmaker the moment Jalen Brunson departed for the Knicks, and the front office did zero to address it.
The Dallas Mavericks need to get Luka Doncic more help. It is that simple, and hopefully, losing to the rebuilding Rockets without their superstar was the wake-up call their decision-makers needed to go out and improve the roster. Stay tuned to find out.