SOMEBODY KILL ME PLEASE.
Games like these make me hate writing recaps. Losses are always hard, but can’t the Mavs at least get a little more creative in the way that they lose? Oh, a quick point guard burned Jason Kidd. Oh, one of our significant players didn’t play due to injury. Oh, the defense was atrocious and the offense couldn’t keep up. Oh, we lost another game to a subpar team, and another game to a team missing multiple significant players (I guess that might be a new one — to my knowledge, the Mavs haven’t done both of those in the same game).
As much as we’d like to believe that the Mavs are playing better, everything is still exactly the same. The Mavs are still a team that’s unable to put together consistent effort on either end of the court, and it costs them games against contenders and basement-dwellers alike. If you grant them even the slightest benefit of the doubt, they’ll relax and blow it. It’s aggravating, and I’m sick and tired.
The worst part: as good as Russell Westbrook was (17 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists), he didn’t kill the Mavs. He shot 6-18 and had 6 turnovers. The real murderers? Nenad Krstic (26 points, 10-16 FG), Thabo Sefolosha (15 points, 6-11 FG), and Kyle M.F. Weaver (18 points, 7-13 FG). Let that sink in for a minute. I’ll wait. Also: Malik Rose had 7 points. Nothing more need be said.
It’s a pity because Dirk was pretty spectacular, especially as the Mavs tried to claw their way back into this game in the fourth. He finished with 28 points on 21 shots, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists — a team high in assists, a high among starters in rebounds, and more points than the four other starters combined. Jason Terry (20 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals) seemed to be the only one willing to share the offensive load, and he was already showing glimpses of the old JET despite appearing in just his 2nd game since his return from injury. He was curling off screens well, and even popped a signature JET pull-up transition three. Unfortunately all was for naught, and the Mavs regressed a few months in Josh Howard’s absence. Should we be surprised that the scoring finally tapered off when Howard went out of the game due to a sore left ankle? The Mavs’ offense played out exactly as it did during Howard’s extended absence: Dirk trying to do everything, Terry doing his best to help, and the rest of the team blowing it.
That’s all I’ve got for you. The Mavs are still up to their teasing ways, flirting with legitimacy before the inevitable meltdown. I’m still holding onto playoff hope, but right now I just want to go chew on some tin foil.