The Dallas Mavericks lost in maddening fashion to the Houston Rockets Wednesday night, 102-93. Though if you’re here, you likely knew that already. If you don’t know how that happened, click here for the recap then come back.
We’re here for some data points to help explain the loss, so let’s get right to it.
42%: Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis combined field goal percentage
This is a trojan horse which allows me to talk about how both guys were not near good enough in very different ways. Luka Doncic was 9 of 26 for 23 points, including a tremendously awful 1 of 9 from three. Kristaps Porzingis was arguably the best Dallas player, scoring 23 on 19 shots but our center managed to only shoot a single free throw. He did grab 12 boards, but unless I can’t read the game log, he had two in the entire second half. Six total free throws.
Doncic was bad in the fourth to go along with being bad for most of the game. Porzingis played 7ish minutes in the fourth and had one rebound and no statistical additions otherwise. Doncic was overtly bad in obvious ways. Porzingis had some nice counting stats a broadcast crew might tout but did not impact the game enough to overcome his partner’s struggles. Each has to do better in their own way.
1: Points scored by Josh Richardson
There’s no value in piling on Richardson when he’s had a bad game. This was a bad game. He’s not been consistent enough for Dallas. It’s very disappointing.
30th: The Houston Rockets three point shooting
The Rockets hit 17-44 from beyond the arc. Dallas has the 8th best three point shooting defense in the league but there’s not been anything definitive in advanced stats as to what goes into three point defense. Dallas got cooked the night after the Jazz couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. This, as much as all the aforementioned Luka-KP griping above lead to the loss in Houston.
18: Rebounds for Kelly Olynyk, a career high
This one’s pretty embarrassing. Guy averages 6 a game this year. 4.9 for his career. That’s getting outworked.