The Dallas Mavericks are really in a pickle right now. They are 0-2 on this three game road trip. They lost to the Boston Celtics, 117-115, in double overtime on Wednesday night. Then last night the Mavs were blown out by the lowly Toronto Raptors, 95-74.
Tonight they head into Minneapolis to face the Minnesota Timberwolves in a second night of a back-to-back. The last time these two teams met was back on November 12th in Dallas and the T’Wolves took the game, 90-82.
The one main thing that is killing the Mavs are the turnovers. Right now, they are fifth in the league for the most turnovers per game (15.7) and it seems like that they still do not know how to communicate on the floor. Fixing the communication will fix the turnover problem.
This team needs some type of a momentum swing and they need to find it tonight. After tonight’s game in Minnesota they go back home to face the Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat, Tuesday and Thursday next week.
After those two games they head back on the road for another three game road trip all against the top teams in the Western Conference. That is why tonight’s game is an important one.
There may not be much adjustment made by coach Rick Carlisle for the game later since they would not have much time to prepare. However, the turnovers really needs to stop for this team to win now and in the future.
Last night O.J. Mayo was off his game only scoring 10 points and turned the ball over six times. The game against Boston he almost had a double-double that a player would not want. He had 24 points and turned the ball over nine times.
When turnovers happen then the frustration happens. If the Mavs can limit their turnovers tonight, then they could capitalize on that and use the momentum to carry them to a win.
It’s going to be a challenge tonight. Minnesota is coming into this game with a three game winning streak. They also have won five of their last six games. They are playing excellent basketball since the return of Kevin Love and they will look to carry that into tonight’s game.
With that said, tonight’s game may look like the game did last night in Toronto. The Mavs right now look like a team with no discipline, as I have mentioned in the past.
Unless, Carlisle’s talk on the plane ride to Minneapolis did something, I do not see much happening in tonight’s game going the Mavs way. At least, Dirk Nowitzki, will be back on the team in a week or two.