Welp the Mavericks lost again, this time against the Nuggets in Denver when he shot Nikola Jokic's buzzer. Dallas loses 100-99 after having played a really nice game for 34 minutes.
Let's get to the good stuff, since it's late and I'm moody.
DAT DONCIC DOE
Luka had a very good game of pedestrian in the fourth quarter, when the Mavericks coughed the lead and then urged a basketball through the Denver's throat:
The Mavericks turn in the table, but Luka wants to win these games, and that's obvious. It's annoying that his free-throw Yips came out one last time, allowing Denver to make a Jokic shot at the buzzer in the next game.
The Mavericks Offense Boiled Until They Farted and Fell
After a couple of fierce offensive appearances in the last week, the Mavericks really kicked the Nuggets. The ball did not stick, Doncic picked out marksmen in the corners and the rest of the Mavericks around him took advantage of the space he put at their disposal.
Everything seemed to be in sync all night. Doncic drove hard, drew a double, pulled himself to the edge, and only a few or two passes later, the Mavericks got open glances at the edge or behind the bow. Dallas was 12 out of 37 out of three years, but dropped significantly in the fourth quarter. They had five players in the double-digit range, which apparently has not happened for months.
The flawless offense did not last as the Mavericks clogged things up in the fourth quarter as the nuggets increased pressure. Even so, encouraging most of the night was encouraging on the road in a tough environment against a good team.
A sweet game by Dirk Nowitzki, who had nine points on three 3-pointers. He looked very comfortable and made a three in the third quarter that helped bring the Mavericks down to a proper lead before narrowing in the fourth quarter. Sweeping swing of Dirk's threesome still makes me feel things.
Dirk did not play in fourth place (but still had a technician on the bench) and is now only 17 points away from Wilt Chamberlin on the all-time scoring list. After two home games, there is a good chance that Dirk can do this in Dallas.
Mavs needs more from Dorian Finney-Smith
I love Finney-Smith's play, his demeanor and tenacity in defense. He's probably the best offensive rebounder in the team and although you would not confuse him for a playmaker, he's great at keeping the ball moving.
If only he could beat three. Finney-Smith showed promising early on and made three with an above-average clip, but he has been in serious fun recently. He has shot 22.6 percent of three since the All-Star break and won from 0 to 3 tonight. Here are his monthly percentages of three as of December:
December: 30.3 percent
January: 32.6 percent
February: 25 percent
March: 28.6 percent.
That's just not good enough. It's really interesting to see how much the Mavs are paying for Finney-Smith this summer as the league is full of No-3-and-D wings – Dallas is in desperate need of shooters to enjoy the delicious Luka and Kristaps Porzingi's Pick and Rolls to surround.