Mavs Enduring Unfamiliar Struggle as They Look to Escape Rock Bottom

December 10th, 2016 by Maurice Bobb Leave a reply »

DALLAS — If there's a team in the NBA that's better on paper than their record suggests, it's the Dallas Mavericks. They have also been too good historically to be this bad now.

But numbers don't lie.

With a quarter-season in the books and a 5-18 record—tied for the worst in the league—after Saturday night's 109-87 loss to the Houston Rockets, there's no way around it. The same franchise that felled the mighty Heatles led by Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James in 2011 to win its first Larry O'Brien Trophy, is having a terrible, horrible, very bad season.

The big ask is simple: What happened?

"We've had, what, three or four games with our starting lineup together," Mark Cuban told Bleacher Report. "We have to adjust to personnel we have and we've made those adjustments as best we can. But there's no good way to spin it; it is what it is. When we're healthy, I think we have a team that competes and makes the playoffs easily. But it doesn't matter now (laughs). That's woulda, coulda, shoulda, right?"

Cuban is right. It wouldn't be fair to not weigh the injury fa ...

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