The Difference: Dallas Mavericks 97, Charlotte Bobcats 101

Posted by Connor Huchton on November 11, 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.

  • The natural cliche is to proclaim that an NBA season is long, full of peaks and valleys. But tonight’s game belongs firmly enough in the latter category to cause significant concern. The Mavericks slowly and agonizingly relinquished a fourth quarter-lead to a relentless Charlotte Bobcats’ squad, punctuated by offensive stagnancy and offensive rebounding woes. As TMG’s own Bryan Gutierrez notes, the Mavericks have been thoroughly troubled on both sides of the ball when it comes to offensive rebounding: the team currently holds a -55 offensive rebounding margin (expounded by a -13 margin tonight). It’s an issue that plagued the Mavericks throughout the game and perhaps most greatly in the closing seconds, as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s (8-12 FG, 25 points, 12 rebounds) offensive rebound gave Ramon Sessions (5-15 FG, 12 points) a chance to tie the Mavericks and sent the game to an unsuccessful overtime.
  • What’s currently most troubling about the Mavericks’ offense is both expected and accentuated: an inability to move the ball beyond unfocused perimeter movement. Most of the Mavericks’ possessions resulted in a pull-up jumper from O.J. Mayo (6-12 FG, 22 points), Darren Collison (7-14 FG, 14 points, six assists, five turnovers), or Vince Carter (6-15 FG, 19 points, five rebounds). The problem isn’t apparent in the acceptable scoring production of each guard, but it reveals itself in the Mavericks’ dismal collective passing statistics, where a mediocre 21 assists was met by 19 unseemly turnovers. These turnovers often occurred because of wasted shot clock opportunities and the lack of a consistent post threat – something Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion’s return will hopefully alleviate.
  • It’s very possible that the Mavericks could look back on this game six months from now as a costly missed opportunity that would’ve greatly helped their chances in a competitive playoff race. The Western Conference is not forgiving of losses to teams like the Bobcats.
  • Byron Mullens (3-9 FG, seven points, 14 rebounds) had 14 rebounds in 38 minutes tonight, which is perhaps the most worrying statistic to emerge from the whole of this game. Mullens is less than a stellar rebounder (12.5% TRB on the season), so his overwhelming success on the glass is only further proof of how vital Marion is to the team’s rebounding efforts. Without him, rebounding deficits will abound.

The Difference: Dallas Mavericks 101, Charlotte Bobcats 96

Posted by Rob Mahoney on March 16, 2012 under Recaps | 2 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.

  • For the moment, Dallas is one of the shallowest deep teams in the league — or at the very least, one of the least consistent. The Mavs’ lackluster first-half showing wasn’t solely the fault of the subs, but the very notion that Charlotte’s second unit could so thoroughly cook a group consisting of (in part) Jason Terry, Lamar Odom, Rodrigue Beaubois, and Ian Mahinmi is a bit strange. Earlier in the season — those dark days when Dirk Nowitzki was nothing but a pick-and-pop player — the Mavs were only able to tread water because of their depth. Things look very different these days, which could in part be traced back to the fact that Delonte West’s absence hurts this team in ways that we never could have known.
  • It’s always a very distinct pleasure to watch Nowitzki (27 points, 9-21 FG, six rebounds, five assists) go to work from any of his favorite spots on the floor, but he seems to have particular fun with the Bobcats’ antsy shot-blockers. Nowitzki’s very basic ball fake looked like an entirely new move on Thursday night, as the slightest pump would sent a Bobcats defender flying. I don’t think it’s even worthwhile to chastise the ‘Cats for their lack of discipline; that’s Dirk Nowitzki, and when he rises to shoot — or even pretends to rise and shoot — a futile contest may be the best defensive option available.

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