The Dallas Mavericks were completely devastated by the Denver Nuggets 106-75. The team got off to a bad start and despite a few races could not compensate for it. The second night with back-to-back height in Denver is always tough, but the Mavericks need to play better. Here are the statistics to know.
0: Number of threes made by Dorian Finney-Smith
The starting lineup has been an argument where many have been saddened that Dwight Powell is starting. Powell probably shouldn’t start, but he hasn’t been the worst Mavericks starter so far this season. Coach Jason Kidd asked Finney-Smith to expand his game beyond just hitting wide open catches and shooting threes, occasional offensive rebound and great defensive effort.
The early returns on this expansion have been abysmal. Finney-Smith is now 5-of-26 from three for the season after going 0-to-4 tonight. He’s 14-of-46 from the field and even had four turnovers tonight.
This is not Finney-Smith’s fault. He is simply asked to do more than he is capable of, and he happens to be in a shooting range. He wants to make more threes, but the team has to stop asking him to do things he simply can not.
2: Number of Mavericks who scored double digits
Luka Doncic scored an ineffective 16 points, but until Trey Burke scored 11 points in garbage time, not a single other Maverick scored in double digits. Luka was not good tonight, but the team did him absolutely no favors.
31: Points that the Mavericks lost by
The Mavericks have met two great teams this year. In those games, the Mavericks have lost a total of 57 points. It’s too early to be too negative, but the truth is the truth, and it’s not a good start. The Mavericks need to figure out how to do a better job of being competitive against good teams.
8: Number of steals for the Mavericks as a team
Even in the darkest times, there is always hope, so we end up with a positive state. The Mavericks did a good job of forcing a very good Denver team to 19 turnovers, 8 of which were stolen.
Denver was simply the better team tonight and this Mavericks team will look for answers in the future. Hopefully Kristaps Porzingi’s return will give some of these answers, and with them, hope.
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