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Game Night: Put Up Or Shut Up Time for 0-4 Mavericks

 

Via: USA Today Sports

Via: USA Today Sports

 

 

Oddly in such a “must-win” game for the Dallas Mavericks, there really isn’t much at stake…  No one, credible, is calling for Coach Carlisle’s job or Donnie Nelson’s.  There isn’t any consensus for who should be traded or who should be losing playing time.  Several people on twitter have been calling for Carlisle to limit JJ Barea’s playing time but JJ is one of only three Mavericks with positive On/Off  Offensive Rating Splits1

 

Name On Off Diff.
Powell 117.3 93.1 24.2
Barea 106.8 90.5 16.3
Curry 103.5 99.6 3.9

Defensively JJ is also (somehow) one of the six Mavericks with positive On/Off Defensive Rating Splits along with Bogut, Barnes, Curry, and Deron Williams.  So to just equate the Mavericks struggles to one player is lazy.  If anything is to blame, Mavericks schedule has been fairly rough.

 

 

Bill Simmons has a way he looks at NFL schedules that could be beneficial to this young Mavs season.  He doesn’t just look at games as Win or Lose2, he calls a blowout win a ‘definite’ win, a blowout loss a ‘definite’ loss and then there are ‘either or games.’  These “Either or Games” are games like the season opener in Indiana and the game in Houston, close games that come down to the wire.  So if we tracked the Mavs season with this W-L-E/O method the Mavs are… still 0-2-2… but seeing that the Mavericks were at least competitive in half of their games played so far.  

 

 

What to Watch For:

 

What is actually at stake is Mavericks History.  In their 36 seasons of existence, the Mavericks have never started 0-5.  They have started 0-4 once in 06-07 and finished that season with the best record in franchise history, 67-15.

 

 

 

Key Matchups:

 

Damian Lillard & CJ McCollum vs Deron/JJ/Wes

 

There are 29 players averaging 20 points or more in the NBA.  Only six teams have multiple players averaging 20 points or more per game:

 

Boston: Avery Bradley & Isaiah Thomas

Cleveland: Lebron James, Kyrie Irving, & Kevin Love 

Golden State: Stephen Curry & Kevin Durant 

Minnesota: Andrew Wiggins & Zach LaVine

Portland: Damian Lillard & CJ McCollum

Sacramento: DeMarcus Cousins & Rudy Gay

 

 

Injury Report3:

 

Mavericks

Devin Harris  – Out

Dirk Nowitzki – Expected to Play

Deron Williams – Expected to Play

 

Trailblazers

Festus Ezeli – Out

Damian Lillard – Expected to Play

Allen Crabbe – Likely to Play

 

 

Game Info:

Start Time: 7:30 PM CST at American Airlines Center

Where to Watch: Fox Sports Southwest, NBA League Pass

  1. Meaning the different between how efficient the Mavs offense is when JJ is on the floor and off the floor
  2. Even though…yes…that’s actually how it works
  3. As of 5pm Game Day

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