What this game lacked in defense, it made up for in offense as both teams filled up the scoreboard while failing to offer any resistance on the defensive end. The Mavericks played the Warriors tight, even taking a lead into the half. But the Warriors picked the Mavericks apart in the third quarter, and the Mavericks offense turned into a pumpkin effectively ending the game early. The Warriors outscored the Mavericks by 33 points in the second half as Dallas collapsed, tucked their tails between their legs, and limped to the finish line.
Here are some observations from the game:
The Mavericks defense was an abomination
What an embarrassing, pathetic effort. The Warriors, who were missing their three front-court players, dissected the Mavericks every square inch of the floor peppering them with off-ball screens and cuts. Kelly Oubre exploded for a career-high 40 points (on 14-of-21 shooting), Steph Curry poured in 28, and someone named Juan Toscano-Anderson outscored Josh Richardson, Maxi Kleber and Dorian Finney-Smith combined. Curry and Draymond Green didn’t even play the fourth quarter yet the Warriors outscored the Mavericks by 17.
On a night the Mavericks offense finally seemed to click, the Warriors’ offense essentially had a layup line to the basket as supposedly good defender Dorian Finney-Smith let whoever blow by him, and Kristaps Porzingis watched players several inches shorter than him score at the rim at will. Without having any player 6’7’ or taller, the Warriors outscored the Mavericks 54-36 in the paint.
The Mavericks aren’t getting enough from non-Luka starters
I’ll excuse Kristaps Porzingis from this because he made several baskets tonight, but Richardson, Finney-Smith and Kleber combining for 13 points is inexcusable. It’s possible they just didn’t have their legs under them playing on the second night of a back-to-back after Wednesday’s game, but the non-Curry/Green starters outscored the non-Doncic/Porzingis starters 72-13. The Mavericks simply don’t have much more time to work out any kinks having dropped seven of their last 10. Maybe Jalen Brunson or Tim Hardaway Jr. should be inserted into the starting lineup.
There was one silver lining
The Mavericks had four players who seemed to care and the offense looked somewhat similar to last season until the dam collapsed after halftime. Porzingis scored 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting while making 5-of-8 from three and Hardaway and Jalen Brunson scored 19 and 18 points respectively while combining to shoot 50 percent from deep.
With a day to regather, the Mavericks get the Warriors again on Saturday before facing Minnesota, Atlanta, New Orleans, Portland and Detroit. If they’re going to climb back into the playoff race, this upcoming stretch is it.