Dallas Mavericks Continue to Struggle

It seems like Justin Anderson is regressing this season which is a concern for the Mavericks. Photo Courtesy: Dominic Ceraldi
It seems like Justin Anderson is regressing this season which is a concern for the Mavericks.
Photo Courtesy: Dominic Ceraldi
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By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Dallas Mavericks finished their last three games with a 1-2 record. Their record for the season is now 5-18 and they’re tied with Philadelphia for the worse record in the league. Dallas is on pace to having their worst record in over 20 years.

A Look at Each Game
Versus Sacramento: During the first half, Dallas was able to stay in the game, but the second half was a disaster. Dallas only led in this game twice. In the third quarter they only scored 12 points. They lost 120-89, their worst home loss this season. Deron Williams scored a team-high of 20 points, Wesley Matthews 16, Justin Anderson 13, and Harrison Barnes 11. Offense was terrible as they went 32-for-78 in field goals and 10-for-30 in three-point shots, which is less than 45 percent. Defense forced 14 turnovers and Dallas was able to score only seven points off those turnovers. Offense committed 23 and Sacramento was able to score 34 points off those turnovers.

Versus Indiana: Another rare and hard fought victory for Dallas this season as they won 111-103. Dallas did a good job of holding on to their lead in the third quarter. Wesley Matthews led the team with 26 points, Harrison Barnes 25, Deron Williams 16, and Dwight Powell 14. Seth Curry made his return from injury and put four points on the board. Dallas went 15-for-32 on three-point shots and 39-for-80 in field goals. Defense forced 13 turnovers and offense committed nine. With the offense doing a good job of avoiding turnovers, the game went in their favor.

Versus Houston: Dallas lost 109-87. Third loss to Houston this season. Third consecutive loss to Houston. Like their game against Sacramento, Dallas only took the lead twice and after they lost it the second time, they could not recover and regain it. Wesley Matthews led the team with 26 points. Harrison Barnes scored 20 points, Dorian Finney-Smith 11, Deron Williams 9 and Dwight Powell 8. Defense struggled in this game. Forced only nine turnovers. Only a total of 37 rebounds for Dallas. This loss dropped them to 1-11 on the road.

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