The Dallas Mavericks (1-3) lost 118-99 to the Charlotte Hornets (2-2) on Wednesday night. The rookie LaMelo Ball scored Dallas, scored 22 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and sent 5 assists. Tim Hardaway Jr. (Tim Hardaway Jr.) is the pinnacle player of the Mavericks, only 18 years old.
Dallas entered the Hornets early, fouled and took the lead. Since the Mavericks became sloppy and Charlotte took it to the Mavericks, this lead was short-lived. Dallas made five turnovers and the Hornets made an excellent substitute appearance. After twelve minutes of action, Charlotte led 36-29.
In the game led by James Johnson and Tim Hardaway in Dallas, a duel on the bench brought the situation closer to third. But after hovering for a quarter of the time, the Hornets extended their lead to 1
In the third stage, things quickly got worse. Dallas gave up five quick points and the Hornets began the game. A lifeless Mavericks team lacks confidence in offense and lacks defensive awareness.Dallas fell by as much Thirty one. They have no answers anywhere, and they look like a lost team. The Mavericks trailed 98-69 in the fourth quarter.
There was little improvement in the fourth game. The Hornets continued to score and the Mavericks missed many shots. James Johnson and Martin brothers were late, and Johnson and one of the two Martins were ejected less than three minutes after they had contact with them outside of class. The Mavericks lost their first home game in an embarrassing way, with odds of 118-99
The pre-season emphasis on defense is just talk
Before this game, the Mavericks allowed the team to shoot from the rim to the league’s worst 85%. There were only 36 attempts in three games, but the team played 29 times. Against a team like the Hornets, they ranked fourth in field goal percentage in three games, which is definitely a disaster ending.
Dallas’ defense is very bad. The first thing to face is the fact that Dwight Powell is a four-door sedan, which serves no other purpose than serving as a signpost for other teams to score. The other starters didn’t help me, although I like to watch Josh Richardson’s guard. Things are not good off the bench, but with two 6-foot-1 guards, the Mavericks’ expectations are unclear.
Their rotation is terrible. They didn’t persevere in rebounding. They have no answers. Watching three of the four games now is very painful.
Take more open shots
It is classified as “duh”, but Luka Doncic’s eye-opening to each teammate seems to involve only one early assistance, which seems to be related to the early days. This kind of thing is destined to swing around, but watching Tim Hardaway Jr., Josh Richardson and Dorian Finney Smith miss three-pointers is a painful thing. Dwight Powell was so wide under the rim, but lacked enough explosive power to dunk, which led to a game. This may be the most painful moment in the game.
And it becomes more complicated. As the situation worsened in the third game, Luka Doncic (2 of 21 three-pointers this season, eerie) stopped looking for his shots, unless he was fully open and continued to pass for no reason. For this collapse, this offense may be too good to be accepted.
There is no simple solution to these problems
Many things that happen on the basketball court are interrelated, and any “solution” will bring different potential consequences. Take Dwight Powell, who is not currently a rotation player in the NBA, as an example; he should be on the bench, but which player should he choose? Maxi Kleber has a logical meaning, but he opens a whole in the second unit. Willie Cauley-Stein should play more, but he made a defensive mistake (he never rotates to help assistants), which drives the coach crazy. Boban Marjanovich is a low-dose athlete. That is just an example.
The two teams eliminated the Mavericks in four games. It feels really bad. Derek Harper has been referring to the weirdness of this season and looking around the league in all blowouts, various teams and players are not ready for the game, and that may be for a reason.
If we think this is an extended preseason to solve some rotation problems, shooting difficulties or general familiarity with new teammates, that’s great. However, the Western Conference is not where any team with playoff ambitions cannot fall behind.
Bonus thing: the rule of courts and uniforms
Now that I have become a disappointed father, then I want to point out one thing. . . The old court and classic hardwood suits look great. Even the three-dot line is green, and it pops up from the screen. For whatever reason, the Mavericks don’t like green as part of the regular color scheme, and they don’t seem to want a full rebrand. However, this is incredible. I plan to buy as many green Mavericks equipment as possible. Just outstanding stuff.
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