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Stats Rundown: 3 numbers to know from an embarrassing 107-88 loss to the Clippers

Where did the Maverick offense go?

Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Clippers Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images

The Dallas Mavericks fell to the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday night at Crypto dot com arena by a score of 107-88. It was an incredibly discouraging effort, as the Clippers were on the second night of a back-to-back while Dallas came into the game on two days of rest without travel. Alas, the specter of LA nightlife apparently proved too much for our Mavericks, as they played a lethargic and lackadaisical game from the opening tip.

Sure, the Mavericks missed rookie sensation Dereck Lively II. And sure, the Clippers are a talented team, motivated to get back in the win column after a tough loss the night before. But, given the rest disparity between the two teams, these are the kind of games you absolutely have to win. That Dallas was never particularly close to accomplishing that feat was really upsetting.

Here are three numbers that underscore just how bad things went.

11: Field goals for non-Luka Doncic/Kyrie Irving Mavericks

Doncic and Irving combined for 56 points on 23-of-49 shooting. The rest of the Mavericks combined for 32 points on 11-of-42 shooting. There are no words to describe how pathetic that is. If you strip out Tim Hardaway Jr. (the Mavericks' third-highest usage player) and garbage time, other Maverick players combined for a grand total of three (!!!) baskets. The Clippers were content to let Doncic and Irving get theirs and stayed home on the role players behind the three-point line, knowing that they weren’t dynamic enough to impact the game without open threes being spoon-fed to them. It was a great defensive strategy that Dallas had no adjustment for. Josh Green continued his dismal season by playing just nine minutes, taking two shots and missing them both.

Simply put, the Mavericks need more from the other guys on this roster. Offense hasn’t been an issue at all this season, but nights like tonight highlight the fact that his team still operates at a talent deficiency, covered up by the brilliance of its superstars.

-20: The Mavericks’ rebounding differential

The Clippers grabbed 57 boards to Dallas’ 37, with 17 of LA’s rebounds offensive, resulting in 25 second-chance points. Missing Lively was bound to hurt Dallas on the glass, but this is embarrassing even accounting for that. The Mavericks’ fake comeback in the fourth quarter was routinely stymied by their inability to grab rebounds off Clippers misses.

Dwight Powell, for all the things he does well, is a horrendous rebounder and had at least three asinine tip-out attempts where he could have just grabbed the ball. The loss was on the offense, but Dallas did themselves no favor with their ineptitude on the boards.

23.7%: The Mavericks’ three-point percentage

Dallas shot 9-of-38 from the three-point line. Hilariously, the Clippers were even worse, making just eight threes in 29 attempts; I guess a +22 margin in points in the paint helped them overcome that. The Mavericks entered this game leading the NBA in both three-point percentage and three-point attempts. Their 36 attempts tonight were six below their season average — again, the Clippers were content to stay home on shooters and force the Mavericks out of their comfort zone.

It would be easy to look at the percentages and chalk the loss up to a bad shooting night. But the kind of looks that Dallas generated were consistently poor, and 24 of their attempts came from high-usage players Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, and Tim Hardaway Jr., who all take a ton of difficult, off-the-dribble threes. The drive-and-kick element of the Maverick offense was largely missing tonight, and it hurt them in a big way.