The Dallas Mavericks lost their sixth game in a row, 109-108 to the Phoenix Suns, falling to an 8-13 overall record. The Mavericks were up two points with 10 second left. Dallas failed to use their foul to give and Devin Booker hit a 3-pointer off a curling screen with 1.6 seconds left to win it. Here are some important numbers from the game.
6: Losses in a row for the Mavericks
Last year the Mavericks hung their hat on being the only team to not lose three games in a row. Well, this season couldn't be any different. This is the longest losing streak for the Mavericks since the 2018-2019 season.
Fortunately for Dallas, the schedule seems to get a little easier going forward. The goal (that seems to be set by Mavs Twitter) is to get to .500 by the end of the month. Well, it got off to a rocky start tonight but is still achievable. Dallas heads to Atlanta to play the Hawks Wednesday night and then have seven very winnable home games after that. A stretch that has to go Dallas’ way or playoffs may have to wait until next season.
29.3%: Luka’s 3-point percentage
Luka Doncic is shooting 29.3% from three on seven attempts per game. According to @StatMuse on Twitter, Kelly Oubre is the only player in the NBA shooting worse from distance this season (minimum 100 total attempts).
The Mavericks shot 31.3% from three in the game. Dorian Finney-Smith had an open look in the corner to put the Mavericks up five with 27 seconds left that may have solidified the win... but missed it. These are shots they have to make in order to start winning tough games in the fourth quarter.
The Mavericks currently have the worst 3-point shooting percentage in the NBA. I wish I was lying to you.
-8: Suns start the fourth quarter 15-7 (when Luka always sits)
Every game, Luka Doncic’s minutes usually play out like this:
- Plays the whole first quarter
- Sits for six minutes / plays for six minutes in the second quarter
- Plays the whole third quarter
- Sits for five to six minutes to start the fourth / plays until the final buzzer.
Well, I think it’s time to reevaluate this. The minutes Luka sat to start the 4th seem to destroy the Mavericks every game. It was true again tonight, ending the third quarter up five to only re-enter the game down 3 with 7:13 left in the game. Yes, Dallas had a two point lead for pretty much the whole last minute of the game and should’ve finished it. But if a 35-year-old Chris Paul can play the whole fourth quarter (when it matters most) then so can a 21-year-old Luka Doncic.