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Are Mavericks a poor shooting team? Can they turn it around?

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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The Dallas Mavericks have lost eight of their last ten games after a fourth-quarter collapse against the Brooklyn Nets on Dec. 7. Superstar Luka Doncic has missed four games, and the team’s shortcomings have been on full display.

The Mavs took 46 3-pointers on Tuesday night and made nine. They shot 19.6 percent from deep, including missing multiple wide-open looks. Luka and Dorian Finney-Smith accounted for seven of the team’s makes against the Nets with the rest of the squad going two of 26.

The Mavericks’ poor shooting is not an isolated incident. They are in the bottom ten in 3-point percentage for the season and top five in attempts after 23 games. Is Dallas a poor shooting team? Can they turn it around?

Are the Dallas Mavericks a poor shooting team?

Shooting was down across the league to start the 2021-2022 season with rule changes, a new ball, full crowds back in arenas, and more playing roles in the decrease. Percentages are reverting to the mean as the season wears on.

The same cannot be said for the Mavericks. They are shooting 33.2 percent from 3-point range for the season, and 33.1 percent over the last ten games. The team just cannot find their shots. After Tuesday’s loss to the Nets, Kristaps Porzingis, Reggie Bullock, and Sterling Brown are all shooting under 30 percent from 3-point range this season. Dallas is just not making shots.

Are the Dallas Mavericks a bottom ten 3-point shooting team? What is causing their struggles? Can they turn it around this season? Here is a closer look.