Dallas Mavericks: New-Look Team Playing Championship Defense

February 21st, 2010 by Damian Jackson Leave a reply »
Remember the 50-point victory that the Dallas Mavericks laid on the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden four weeks ago?

Following that win, the Mavericks crumbled, only topping three of their next eight opponents before the All-Star break. Two came against the woeful Golden State Warriors and the other a one-point escape of the Milwaukee Bucks at home.

During the dreadful stretch, Dallas' defense virtually vanished. Then-Maverick fill-in center, Drew Gooden , struggled to man a position not meant for him. He hustled and worked hard, but other teams were scoring at ease.

The competition averaged a staggering 112.4 points per game.

Unacceptable for a team whose ultimate goal is winning a championship.

Dallas' final contest before the break was in Denver against a Nuggets team second place in the Western Conference. The Mavericks were thought to be in a battle with Denver as the two best challengers for the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers .

Only one challenger showed up that evening.

Denver won 127-91, making easy work of a Mavericks team whose play resembled a lottery team rather than one l ...

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