I am still questioning if the Dallas Mavericks as an organization subscribe to the philosophies of consistently playing defense and taking the ball to the basket, after watching their performance on Wednesday night against the Hornets.
I was interested in seeing how the Mavs would respond to the second contest with the Hornets in three days after handing the Hornets their first loss of the season on Monday. The two point loss on Wednesday was a very winnable game for the Mavs. The two things that cost them the Wednesday night game were the two critical things a team must do to win a championship. They gave up 33 points in the 4th quarter, which points to being committed to playing hard nosed defense for 48 minutes, and continue to fall in love with the jump shot/3 point shot, which points to being committed to getting the ball to the low post/taking the ball to the rim.
When you look back to their loss in the finals to the Heat, these were the same two areas where they failed to stay committed to theses basic philosophies, even with a different coach. That’s why my opening message alluded to the Mavs as an organization. There are certain teams in the NBA that seem to be on a crusade to prove that they can win with offense and scoring over the traditional beliefs that defense and low post play wins championships and the Mavs strike you as one of those teams. It hasn’t worked yet, despite the changes in rules that take away the ability to be as physical as players once were only a few years back, and it never will.
The NBA is not the NCAA. You can’t fall in love with jump shooting and the 3 point shot. The Mavs squandered several chances in the 4th quarter by trying to get it all back at once with the 3 ball and ultimately lost due to lack of defense in the 3rd quarter. Let’s hope the lesson was learned from losing in the finals. I want to believe that’s the case from how they have made the moves to get the right pieces needed to consistently compete, but it must now show on the floor in being committed to defense and taking the ball to the rim for the entire game.
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Written by Alexei Wall
I provide sports/life perspectives to sports fans that are better and unlike any others you will hear or read. I am a "crazy stupid" sports fan, season ticket holder for the Cowboys, fan of my other local teams, Mavs and Rangers, and will even "chop it up" with you about life, religion, and politics. I also co-host a weekly internet sports talk show called "The X Factor" (well before Simon Cowell thought of the name) on LIVE365.com, which started while I was attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Irving, TX years ago. The wife, daughter, grown son, and other family keep me busy when I am not watching or playing sports. So, I value my time and want to share the truth with you about what we love, SPORTS, since most out there are so willing to try and mislead you. Well, not me!