You know the drill. The Difference is a reflection on the game that was, with one bullet for every point in the final margin.
- These recaps are beginning to be a bit of a broken record. Offensive rebounds surrendered (19), turnovers (16) and poor shooting (32.5% in the first half) doomed Dallas. The offensive rebounding is starting to get particularly grating because we’re seeing Dallas players looking at one another as to who should have gotten a particular board. They don’t lapse all the time, but its frequent enough to change the game. The turnovers were also atrocious. During the first six minutes of the 4th quarter Dallas turned it over 5 times. This game wasn’t lost in over time, it was lost in inches every other minute of regulation.
- High praise for Stephen Curry (31 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals); he dominated the overtime from tip to close. Dallas’ inability to defend the opposing point guard position is troublesome and its challenging to determine if it is Darren Collison’s (7 points, 5 assists, 5 turnovers, 2-11 shooting) fault or if the issue lies in the Mavs inability as a team to defend the high pick and roll. In losses, Dallas is giving up 19-5-9 with 3 steals, and those numbers are bogged down by a mediocre game from Raymond Felton in the Knick’s loss. These numbers have to be concerning.
- O.J. Mayo (27 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) was spectacular during the fourth and overtime, scoring 16 points. Why Carlisle went to hero ball (without even a screen to free him) for Vince Carter (9 points, 5 assists) was really confusing. Up to this point, Mayo has been sub-par at best anywhere from inside the arc. Tonight he decided he was going to score in other ways and did so with ease. I’m sure going against an inexperienced and frustrated Klay Thompson (7 points, 2-14 shooting) played into it, but Mayo has the strength and ability to get to the rim more often than he has been. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.
- The Maverick offense was particularly horrid in the first half, posting a season low point total. The offense really benefited at the second from Elton Brand (5 points, 3 rebounds) hitting a high post shot as well as his passing from the middle of the floor. Chris Kaman (18 points, 17 rebounds, 9 free throws attempted) was huge in making sure the game stayed close. When he attacks the bucket instead of settling for poor fade away attempts, he puts so much pressure on the opposing defense.
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