The Dallas Mavericks got absolutely crushed by the Utah Jazz and very much looked like a team trying to integrate two starters back into the mix while playing a team on a nine-game win streak. It was ugly from the jump, and here are some numbers to illuminate how bad it was.
20: The number of rebounds collected by Rudy Gobert
He single-handedly outrebounded the Mavericks’ entire starting five and only had more offensive rebounds (6) than the Mavericks had as a team (4). Gobert even outrebounded the entire Mavericks team at the half (13-12). Luka Doncic uncharacteristically had only four rebounds, and the starting frontcourt of Kristaps Porzingis and Dorian Finney-Smith combined for nine total boards. James Johnson led the team with seven rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench. The rebounding woes have been a constant theme but seem to have compounded as of late:
The past 3 games the Mavs have been out rebounded by— House Mavericks (@HouseMavericks) January 28, 2021
16 vs Houston
15 vs Denver
14 vs Utah
9: The number of free throws attempted by the Mavericks
I wrote in the preview the Jazz don’t foul, and maybe it was the Gobert effect causing the Mavericks to second guess attacking the basket, but this seems almost criminal. Doncic attempted only two free throws, and Porzingis attempted a whopping zero. The Mavericks weren’t necessarily coming up empty from deep, but the amount of free throw attempts surely paints a picture of how aggressive and assertive the Mavericks were.
3: The number of points Jordan Clarkson outscored the entire Mavericks bench by
The Jazz were missing their most potent offensive weapon in Donovan Mitchell, but the team didn’t miss a beat as Clarkson went nuclear off the bench to score 31 points while the Mavericks bench combined for 28 points. Johnson and Burke both scored eight, and Bruson had six, but no other Mavericks played more than 13 minutes off the bench. Carlisle kept the rotation tight.