It would be hard to convince anyone that the Dallas Mavericks don’t like to make things interesting in games. In December, Dallas had a 19-point lead against the Toronto Raptors at home. Dallas not only lost the lead, but they lost the game as well 109-108 in overtime. Last week, Dallas blew a 17-point lead with less than five minutes to play against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers outscored Dallas 23-4 to win the game 129-127.
The latest came on Monday when the Mavericks played on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Although Dallas came away with the victory, it’s hard to overlook the fact that the Mavs let a 24-point lead slip away once again. In the fourth quarter, Dallas held a 17-point lead at 85-68 with 9:30 left in the game. Over the next six minutes, Cleveland went on a 21-6 run to cut the deficit to two points. Luckily for Dallas, they were able to hold onto the victory.
After the game, head coach Rick Carlisle talked about how the team would continue to get better and how he was proud they made the stops needed. The concern I and other fans have is, why does this keep happening? Teams will make runs, we see it all the time. However, a 24-point lead to a team 10-games below .500 doesn’t seem like something a playoff team would let happen. Even if it did happen once, you could understand it. The problem is this has happened at least three times and we’re just barely over half-way through the season.
This is a problem the Mavericks have to address if they want to make any type of run in the postseason.