The Dallas Mavericks faced a difficult test on Nov. 10 as they traveled to Illinois to face the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Both teams were 7-3 entering Wednesday’s contest, but Dallas had just one victory over a .500 or better team on the young season. The Mavs had a chance to prove that their record was no fluke and win their fourth straight game on Nov. 10.
Unfortunately, Luka Doncic and company once again struggled against a playoff hopeful. They were blown out by the Hawks, Heat, and Nuggets in their first three difficult tests, and Dallas did not fare much better on Wednesday night as the Bulls dominated the second and third quarters to defeat the Mavericks 117-107.
Chicago just did not miss on Nov. 10 as they shot 51.1 percent from the field and were 15 of 31 from 3-point range. It is difficult to win when the other team shoots that well, but what does the fourth straight blowout loss against a projected playoff squad mean for the Mavs?
What does Dallas Mavericks loss to Chicago Bulls mean?
It was a bit of a disappointing performance from the Mavericks. Luka Doncic could not find his shooting stroke as he finished just six of 18 from the field, including making just one 3-pointer. The 22-year-old superstar still managed to produce 20 points, ten assists, eight rebounds, four steals, and one block, but the Mavs were outscored by 20 points in his 33 minutes of action.
The loss will increase the panic level among Dallas supporters because the Mavs still do not have a signature win. They did defeat the Boston Celtics behind a Doncic game-winning buzzer-beater, but Boston is struggling to start the season.
The Mavericks are still struggling on the offensive end of the floor. They have not found their rhythm in Kidd's system, and Dallas needs more creation off the dribble. The Mavs defense struggled on Wednesday night too, and it will be interesting to see if they attempt to add pieces before the trade deadline to fill some of their holes.
Dallas getting blown out four times in the first 11 games is not a positive sign, but the Mavs are still working out the kinks in new head coach Jason Kidd’s systems. The best is still yet to come from the team this season.
The Dallas Mavericks will be looking to bounce back on Friday night as they travel to San Antonio to face the Spurs. Dallas won the first two meetings this season, and the goal is to keep taking care of business against teams they are favored over. Luka Doncic will be looking to get back on track, so please tune in on Nov. 12 to see if the Mavs rebound.