Welp from Mavericks lost again, this time to Nuggets in Denver, shot at the buzzer Nicola Jokic. Dallas loses 100-99 after playing very nice 34 minutes.
Let's just get some good things, because late, and I'm disappointed.
DAT DONCIC DOE
Luke had a very pedestrian in the fourth quarter as Mavericks coughed lead, and then he simply forcibly pushed basketball down the throat of Denver:
Mavericks spiraled down in the tournament table, but Luke really wants to win those games , and it is very obvious. It's a mess that his free throw yips approached the last time that allowed Denver to walk if Jokic shot at the buzzer in the next game.
The Mavericks offense was preparing until they broke and did not fall
After several bleh offensive performances during the last week, the Mavericks were really busted against Nuggets. Monster did not stick, Donchic chose the shooters in the corners, and the rest of the Mavericks around him used well the space he provided.
Everything seemed to be synchronized all night. Donchich would drive hard, would have double, walk around the perimeter, and then only one or two passes later Mavericks opened their eyes to the edge or behind the arc. Dallas was 12th-37th out of three, but declined significantly in the fourth. They had double digits, which seems like they did not happen for months. However, it was encouraging for most of the night, on the road in a harsh environment against a good team.
Sweet game from Dirk Novitski, who had nine points on three 3 pointers. He looked very comfortable and made three in the third quarter, which helped push Mavericks to a decent lead before everything became tough in the fourth. The impulse that swept Dirk still made me feel things.
Dirk did not play in the fourth (still got the technique on the bench), so now he's just 17 points from Willta Chamberlin on the list of all-round scores. With the next two home games, the decent chance that Dirk can do in Dallas.
Mavs needs more from Dorian Finney-Smith
I love the game of Finn Smith, his behavior and perseverance in defense. He is probably the best attacking player in the team, and although you would not mess with him as a playmaker, he is good at keeping the ball in motion. Finn Smith showed some promise in the early stages, having made the three on the clip above the average, but recently was in a serious funk. He removes 22.6 percent of the three after the All-Star break and went 0-on-3 from a deep night. Here is his monthly interest of three starting December:
It's simply not enough It will be really interesting to see how much Mavs are paying to Finney-Smith this summer, because the league is littered with no-3-and-D wings – Dallas desperately needs shooters to surround those delicious Luka and Kristaps Porzingis to pick up and roll.