The Dallas Mavericks came into Salt Lake City tonight after an impressive win against the Los Angeles Lakers last night at Staples Center. Tonight’s game, however, was all about the Utah Jazz who started their season with a 113-94 victory.
The Mavs did go into the half with a 63-55 lead after rallying back after being down for most of the 2nd quarter. When the 3rd quarter started the Jazz took off as they acted like they ate a bucket of Halloween candy and the sugar rush helped them to outscore the Mavs 37-13.
The blame on the blowout lost goes to the whole team. Everybody was awful tonight especially on the defensive end. They allowed the Jazz to score 44 points down in the paint. They were out rebounded 61-40.
The Mavs will lose everytime if they allow their opponent to score as easily as the Jazz did. Also, they are going to need to stop getting into the habit to just force up jumpshots after jumpshots because most of the time they will not go in the basket.
Coach Rick Carlisle will need to get these guys to take the ball down the paint and to not be afraid to get contact. Yes, sometimes the official will or will not make calls that goes against the Mavs, but they will need to learn how to play around the referees.
I do believe that the lack of play by Dallas in the 3rd quarter caused them not to be aggressive in the 4th quarter. If the Mavs were able to at least compete in that 3rd then the game could have gone either way, but the lost could have been because of the lack of experience from the young guys and the frustration of the veterans with calls not going their way.
Tonight’s game showed that each game of this long 82 game season (down to 80) will be different from the last; especially if Dirk Nowitzki is not on the court. With that said this is the second game of the season and the second game without both Nowitzki and Chris Kaman. The Mavs Nation will have to stay patient with this team because it will be a bumpy ride at first, but once everything falls into the right place the Mavericks will be just fine.
Derek Ayala is a NBA Columnist for Rantsports.com. Follow him on all the latest Mavs coverage on twitter @DerekMavs27 and on his fan page www.facebook.com/derekayalarantsports