Editor’s note: due to a scheduling snafu, we had two people cover the game. I’m going to run both.
No one can make me mad. Only I can decide what makes me mad.
Right so, coming off a 9-game losing streak the Sacramento Kings walked into Dallas and beat the Mavericks; powered in large part by a 45 point second quarter. Commendable offensive performances from Dorian Finney-Smith, who hit a career-best tying six triples on eight attempts, and Jalen Brunson who shook off some rough shooting to contribute an extremely efficient 20 points.
Doncic’s fantastic 21 point fourth quarter was too little too late, as DeAron Fox matched him blow for blow and prevented Dallas from getting any closer than six. The loss means Dallas again fails to take advantage of a Portland loss in the race for the sixth seed and thus not be in the play-in tournament.
I’m not mad.
Dallas should run away from home
This loss means Dallas is 13-14 at home. A sub-.500 home record for the second year in a row for a team that seemingly has postseason expectations is confounding.
Maybe the weirdness of the past two largely fan-less seasons is contributing, but it is a truly confounding thing that there’s simply no real answer for. When the team got through its last long road trip and was looking at a long home stand, the hope was less hustle and bustle from travelling would help the team focus in for the stretch run, but it’s been essentially the exact opposite. Despite getting to go sleep in their own beds every night, Dallas has looked simply exhausted during this downturn. Maybe they should just rent some hotel rooms for the team here in Dallas to get the magic back?
Not enough from the duo
Glancing at Luka’s boxscore, you might think he had a pretty solid if slightly efficient 37 point night. Doncic’s second half bounce back was commendable (and if he’d actually managed to drag the team to another miracle win in the 4th this would be a different story), but this game was largely in the first half, and in particular the second quarter when Dallas gave up 45 points.
Luka had an equal number of turnovers as assists with four, and an untimely tech in the fourth as Dallas was mounting a futile comeback, and Porzingis was a no-show virtually all night on both sides of the ball. Fox and Barnes both had no trouble getting around him in the lane for easy lay-ins. On offense, his 3-14 night sort of speaks for itself.
On a night when the team was actually getting big contributions from its role players, Doncic and Porzingis had no punch (except for when KP actually almost punched a guy.) And defensively, the team as a whole has to take a long look at itself.
Ex-Mavs exact revenge
Opposing teams have been bludgeoning the Mavericks from beyond the arc as of late, and that was particularly true tonight for Harrison Barnes. He started the game 5-5 and ended up 5-8 on the night.
Delon Wright, a newly minted King by way of Detroit, had a run-stopping 5 point burst in the fourth that stymied Dallas last gasp in the game, and nailed all six of his free throws.
I’m not mad. Please don’t put in the paper that I’m mad.
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