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Mavericks’ offense hits historic low in loss to Rockets with Luka Doncic out

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It would seem that every game the Dallas Mavericks play is accompanied by some sort of statistical miracle. There are two main varieties. More often than not, Luka Doncic reaches some new historical milestone. He opened the season with longest streak of 30 points since Wilt Chamberlain. The level of its use will break the records set by James Harden and Russell Westbrook. As long as he is averaging 33.3 points per game, he has every chance of becoming the top scorer. If the Mavericks want to win something this season, they probably have to.

Another type of statistical news that Dallas releases frequently concerns the rest of their lineup. On November 7, Dallas’ three starters (Reggie Bullock, JaVale McGee, and Spencer Dinwiddie) totaled just two points in the win. Two days later, the Mavericks weren’t so lucky against Orlando when Bullock, Dwight Powell and Dorian Finney-Smith gave Dallas just 10 points in total in a loss to the Magic. Going into Wednesday’s game, the Mavericks were averaging over 114 points per 100 possessions with Doncic and under 104 without him. Simply put: Doncic has been their only reliable scorer this season.

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If there was any doubt, it was confirmed on Wednesday, when the Mavericks, resting with Doncic for the second night in a row, hosted the Houston Rockets, with the worst record in the NBA (2-12 before the game). and defense #28 (based on 115.3 points per 100 possessions). If ever there was a game where Dallas players could prove themselves, it would be this one.

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Instead, Dallas lost 101–92 at home to Houston in a game that marked a new low for the Mavericks on offense. Dallas shot 12 of 55 from deep in the game, and his conversion rate was only 21.8%. This is an NBA record for the lowest percentage of 50 or more attempts in a game. according to Stathead.

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“We just didn’t shoot well.” – Dallas Coach Jason Kidd said after the game.

No Maverick starters have achieved double-digit scoring goals, with five of them totaling just 27 points, 10 points less than the starting five this season. according to ESPN statistics and information. The five players were Finney-Smith, Dinwiddie, Powell, Bullock and Josh Green. Together, they made just eight of their 40 field goals. It’s almost impossible to keep a game when your starters are shooting 20 percent from the field, and if it wasn’t for the 54 points on the bench from Christian Wood and Tim Hardaway Jr., Dallas wouldn’t have it.

Dallas has gone through many games without Doncic in the past. When Jalen Brunson was a Maverick, Dallas could rely on him to handle the ball and score points. But Brunson is now with the Knicks, and from a long-term perspective, the Mavericks simply don’t make sense to add a replacement this season with the same skill level.

Players like Brunson don’t come cheap, and that goes beyond the hefty contract he signed in New York. A trade to replace Brunson would be worth a draft pick. At this point, Dallas still owes one first-round pick to the New York Knicks in the Kristaps Porzingis trade. The Mavericks’ goal seems to be to hand over that pick at the end of the season so that their draft pick isn’t burdened afterwards. At that point, Dallas would be able to offer as many as four first-round picks and three first-round trades in exchange for a suitable co-star for Doncic.

Zoom out and this is absolutely the right approach to building a lineup around Doncic. Even with Brunson, the underscore has been a major problem for Dallas in the past three seasons. Adding another star corrects this shortcoming. But it won’t get any easier this season. What’s becoming painfully clear for Dallas is that Doncic simply needs to be on the floor as often as possible this season. That would mean limiting injuries, limiting bench time and limiting rest nights. If the Mavericks can’t beat Houston without Doncic, they probably can’t beat anyone else without their best player on the court.




Source: www.cbssports.com

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