The Difference: Dallas Mavericks 94, New York Knicks 104

Posted by Kirk Henderson on November 9, 2012 under Recaps | Be the First to Comment


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You know the drill. The Difference is a reflection on the game that was, with one bullet for every point in the final margin.

  • 20 turnovers, 40% shooting, 11 offensive boards surrendered, and a 37 point second half. Much like the loss in Utah last week, Dallas lead in the first half only to suffer an offensive collapse in the second.  Carmelo Anthony (31 points on 22 shots, 14 free throw attempts, and 7 rebounds) attempted to bully the Mavericks from pillar to post and largely succeeded. All in all, a somewhat frustrating defeat.
  • And yet… Dallas was within striking distance for most of the second half despite missing Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion. Eight of the twenty turnovers and six of the eleven offensive rebounds came in the fourth quarter as New York steadily pushed the lead from 6 to 8 and then 10 points. The Mavericks clearly missed Dirk as the offense came to a grinding halt in the fourth quarter.
  • O.J. Mayo (23 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists) had another big game statistically, but only played 23 minutes due to foul trouble.  He was partially responsible for the Dallas first half lead but was forced to sit stretches in both halves in which Dallas could have used his offensive abilities.  He also managed to turn the ball over 8 times, bringing back pre-season memories where he had a great deal of trouble holding onto the ball.
  • Darren Collison (4 points on 1-8 shooting,  8 assists) had an excellent first half with seven assists, but his inability to connect on any of his shots seemed to impact his play in the second half. Exceptional pick and roll defense by the Knicks added to his frustrations; only Brandan Wright (11 points, 4 rebounds) seemed capable of slipping the screens and finding gaps in the Knicks coverage.
  • Vince Carter (15 points, 6 rebounds) seemed to tweak his groin muscle in the second half. We should all hope the injury isn’t too serious; first because groin injuries can linger and second because he’s the main scoring cog off the bench.
  • Elton Brand (8 points, 7 rebounds) and Troy Murphy (7 rebounds) need to discover some sort of offensive touch if Dallas is to keep winning games while Dirk heals. Brand is shooting 33% and Murphy is shooting 30% so far this season.  Neither player is expected to contribute an offensive punch, but connecting above 40% of shots shouldn’t be out of the question. Brand in particular has had a rough go of it; he seems very reluctant on most of his moves within 15 feet of the basket.
  • Jason Kidd hit two shots at the rim tonight. Last season he hit seven.
  • The production Carlisle is getting from the center position continues to impress. Chris Kaman and Brendan Wright combined to give Dallas 25 points on 10-14 shooting and 11 rebounds in 42 minutes.
  • Back to Vince for a moment; thus far this season he seems to have eliminated (or at the very least severely limited) taking mid-range shots. If you view his shot chart location from last season he was questionable at best on all shots taken from three feet out to right inside the three point line.  This season he’s taking much better shots; either from the low post over smaller defenders where he also draws fouls or from the three point line.  While he has hit a number of long two point shots, as long as these shots don’t become a staple in his shot selection, he’s likely to remain an efficient contributor off the bench.
  • Carlisle played deep into the bench tonight, establishing an 11 man rotation due to necessity from foul trouble.  No one on the team played more than 27 minutes; Dallas plays their fifth game in 8 nights tomorow against the Bobcats and Monday’s game against the Timberwolves kicks off another 4 game in seven night stretch for Dallas. The Mavericks have not had consecutive nights off since November 2nd and won’t again until November 22nd.