The Dallas Mavericks fell for the third time in four days, this time at the hands of the Toronto Raptors. It was an ugly game for the Mavericks where they kept pace for the majority of the contest, only to get shellacked from mid third quarter on. If you want to read about the finer points of the loss, click here for the recap. If not, on to the numbers because the beating.
0: Number of field goals Tim Hardaway hit
If you saw the game live, it was insanely frustating to watch Tim Hardaway Jr. be bad at basketball. But I’ll bet you didn’t know he set a record for ineptitude and joined his father in the record books. ESPN Stats and Info did the roasting:
Tim Hardaway Jr. went 0-for-12 from the floor tonight, the worst single-game performance in Mavericks history.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 19, 2021
His father holds the NBA record for the most misses without a make, going 0-for-17 with the Warriors in 1991. pic.twitter.com/8cdYg1yTeS
Congratulations Tim! Anyhow, the man has no conscience on the floor so it’s likely that he’ll come back next game and shoot fire from his hands and score 35. That’s the Tim Hardaway experience.
68%: Willie Cauley-Stein’s dunk conversion rate
17 of 25 on dunks, that’s what Willie Cauley-Stein has managed this season. His ally-oop percentage is even worse, a putrid 64.3%. That is very, astonishingly bad.
Is it why the Mavericks lost? Of course not, but it’s a highlight of the Willie Cauley-Stein era. He’s a man with so many gifts and tools and he simply cannot figure out how to make it all work at once and over a sustained period. He’s an effective player that’s utterly incapable of sustained effort.
25%: Dallas shot just 9 of 36 from three
Dallas is shooting fewer threes as a percentage of their overall field goals lately and that’s largely because the roster that’s played can’t shoot. That was on display again tonight with a 25% effort from deep. While Jalen Brunson and James Johnson connected on a few, it’s fairly brutal when Wes Iwundu goes 0 of 4 (3 of 17 on the year!) and Josh Green won’t even attempt a three while on the court. Kristaps Porzingis has hit all four of his attempts below the break but is a dreadful 16% (4 of 24) above it.
Things should swing the other way for Dallas (and KP specifically) but it’s ugly from downtown for the Mavericks and it’s reflected in the win/loss totals thus far.