Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks loss to Pistons: 1. Defense
The defense was virtually non-existent on Dec.1. The Pistons were 26th in the NBA scoring 109.1 points per game coming into the contest, but they had 99 after just 36 minutes on Thursday night. Detroit came out with 36 in the first quarter, and they scored 38 in the third. The Pistons were shooting over 55 percent from the field and 46 percent on their threes after three quarters.
The Mavericks shot well themselves, but they could not get any stops in Detroit until late in the fourth quarter. Dallas made a furious comeback over the final 90 seconds of the fourth quarter to force overtime before giving up 14 points in overtime. The Mavs' performance on the defensive end was inexcusable.
Head coach Jason Kidd has preached defense since being hired, but his team did not bring it on Thursday night. They gave up 117 to the Pistons in regulation, and the Mavericks simply need to be better on that end of the floor moving forward.
The Dallas Mavericks are back in action on Saturday when they face the Knicks in New York at 11:30 a.m. CT. It will be the first time Jalen Brunson faces his former teammate, and fans know Luka Doncic does not want to lose his friend. Expect number 77 to be locked in at Madison Square Garden, and fans won’t want to miss it.