3 discouraging takeaways from Dallas Mavericks loss to the Cavaliers

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks loss to Cavaliers: 2. Poor shooting

The Mavs live and die by their shooting. When they are making shots, Dallas looks like one of the best teams in the league, and off nights can result in some head-scratching losses. The Mavericks need to make shots, especially when teams sell out to stop Luka Doncic.

The Cavaliers turned number 77 into a passer plenty on Wednesday night, and the rest of the team just did not hit enough shots. Cleveland was forcing Dallas into twos, and they made life tough on them at every turn. The Mavs shot just 39.4 percent from the field, and they made just 73.1 percent of 26 free throw attempts.

Dallas did not give themselves a chance to win on Wednesday night. Their defense did not get enough stops, and they failed to make shots. Christian Wood had 20 points and seven rebounds, and Reggie Bullock chipped in 12, but the Mavs had just four players in double figures as the Cavaliers limited them to just 90 points on Dec. 14.

Credit the Cavs' defense. They were all over the floor at the American Airlines Center, including cutting Luka Doncic off at the rim plenty. The Dallas Mavericks cannot win when they shot that poorly, and they need to get back on track on Friday night.