The Difference: Dallas Mavericks 94, Denver Nuggets 95

Posted by Kirk Henderson on April 4, 2013 under Recaps | 3 Comments to Read


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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.

    • It’s somewhat fitting that the playoff hopes of the Mavericks were squashed with finality against the Denver Nuggets due to the same exact issues that have plagued Dallas all year: dribble penetration and offensive rebounding. When Kenneth Faried grabs more offensive rebounds (nine) than the entire Maverick team (eight) it’s incredibly hard to win. Dirk Nowitzki ended up with only ten shot attempts again, but Andre Igoudala did his defensive work early, making it hard for Dirk to get the ball in his favorite spots. In fact, Dallas was lucky to be in this game at all, let alone ahead for almost the entire second half. The Nuggets shot 39% from the field, well below their season average of 47%. Denver was terrible around the rim against Dallas (see charts below), making just under 22 of 54 attempts, an incredible 17% under their season average of 58%. As much as I’d like to credit the Dallas defense, the Nuggets missed a lot of easy shots. However, Denver made up for this shortfall by shooting 20 more free throws than Dallas, a byproduct of their rim attacking style. That former Maverick Corey Brewer, who was traded to Denver for cap space and the possibility of limited playing time, and 37-year-old Andre Miller put up a combined 45 points on Dallas only makes this loss harder to swallow.

Denver Shot Chart vs. Dallas

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Denver Shot Chart 2012-2013

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  • anon

    Another devastating loss, not only because it adds another nail in the coffin, but because it is a reminder of what we are not: a team that can keep, develop, and otherwise acquire young talent with potential.

  • Matt Hulme

    I was really hoping this team would go on fighting, night in night out, until the final bell toll, but the realities of this team’s deficiencies were inescapable.

    Sure, they’ll keep fighting, winning a few more close games, and losing most of what little remains by a variety of margins, but it’s all for naught not; it’s fiction to believe now that this team is playing for something, anything, more than whatever scraps of respect they may cobble together in hopes of going off into the early summer with clean chins.

    Because that’s all that remains, truly, is the endless, illusory, seemingly impossible push for the “respectability” of .500, and the relief of achieving that lowliest of goals, and the humbling realities of their uniting promise to one another: we won’t shave until we return to zero. As if the season were never played, yet the well-worn tread and misshapen parts of the team tells a very different, more disheartening story: talented yet aged veterans and aftermarket rental scraps do not make a good team, nor does it leave much hope for the coming season.

    Now begins the long summer of our discontent, Mavs fans. We can hope, we can pray, we can wish many things, but cap space alone can’t anoint a revival, as the past offseason taught us.

    And yet, for all the melancholy of a season lost, and all the realities of this team’s age, we still have hope, we still have a great owner, and we still have Dirk. And Dirk is Dirk.

    That’s enough for me. Let the summer arms race begin.

  • Jonas

    It should be “an incredible 17 percentage points under their season average of 58%”. Otherwise, they would have shot 48%.