Father of Mavericks guard foolishly roasts team amid hopeful playoff run

Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Clippers - Game One
Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Clippers - Game One / Ronald Martinez/GettyImages

On Sunday, the Dallas Mavericks took on the LA Clippers in Game 1 of their first-round series in the 2024 NBA Playoffs.

This was the third time that the Mavs had played the Clippers in the last five years in the playoffs, and the Mavs caught a massive break in Game 1 as Kawhi Leonard was out. The Mavs were facing the Clippers when they were at their most vulnerable, but they couldn't come away with a win as they lost 109-97.

Dallas struggled tremendously in the first half as they only scored eight points in the second quarter, but the second half was a different story.

Dallas outscored the Clippers 67-53 in the second half, and their offense finally got rolling. Kyrie Irving took the game over in the third quarter as he scored 20 points in that quarter alone while shooting a perfect 8-8 from the field, 2-2 from downtown, and 2-2 from the free-throw line.

Tim Hardaway Sr. roasts Mavericks offense ahead of Game 2

Dallas gained some momentum heading into Game 2 tonight, but Tim Hardaway Sr., Tim Hardaway Jr.'s father, decided to give his take on the Mavs on FS1's "The Carton Show" on Monday morning.

Hardaway Sr. said that the 2024 NCAA Champion UConn Huskies run a better offense than the Mavs and that "they get everybody moving, everybody touching the ball, everybody making plays, and they get the defense moving..."

Hardaway Sr. also said the Mavs need "to get other people shots" after talking about how often the ball is in Irving and Luka Doncic's hands and how they use the pick and roll.

The father of a player publicly during the playoffs is nothing but a distraction, and this isn't the first time Hardaway Sr. spoke out against the Mavs. Last season, he didn't like that the Mavs traded for Irving and said that he and Doncic aren't leaders.

Doncic and Irving have destroyed that false narrative this season, and Hardaway Sr. roasting the Mavs offense after one rough half is a bit odd. Hardaway Jr. is on this team, fighting for minutes, and his dad decided to speak out against the Mavs right before they try to tie this series up before heading back to Dallas.

Hardaway Jr. obviously can't control what his father says, but this was not the distraction he needed before Game 2. Hardaway Jr. is someone who could be an X-factor in this series, and the Mavs need him along with the rest of the role players to step up.

Dallas' next game is tonight against the Clippers.

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