The Timberwolves roared out to a dominating lead early, with the Mavericks unable to match their firepower. The Mavericks scratched and clawed their way back into the game and nearly even got close enough to earn a clutch designation.
Unfortunately, the Mavericks just didn’t have enough to pull this one out with so much talent in street clothes.
Here are the stats to know.
30: Points the Mavericks were outscored by with Grant Williams on the court
Single game plus-minus is a virtually useless stat. Long term plus-minus isn’t much better. It is hypocritical to believe all of those things and utilize this stat to illustrate a point.
Yet, it matters here because the Mavericks simply can’t compete with Williams on the floor. The shooting will come back, but Williams appears to be laboring and out of shape. His lateral movement has suffered, and caused a player who lauded his own potential as an All-Defensive team member to become a defensive liability.
32: Points scored by Tim Hardaway Jr
Hardway was the primary reason this game was close. He was 11-of-19 from the field and 5-of-11 from three. He made tough shots. He did absolutely everything the team could have asked of him. It just wasn’t enough.
14: Threes made by the Mavericks
The Mavericks have struggled to shoot threes recently. They did not tonight. The Mavericks made 42.4 percent of their threes tonight which was a very positive sign. Three point variance is an important part of the modern NBA and even though the Mavericks were not able to win, it was a good sign to see them make shots.