What a great way to start out the second half of the 2018-2019 NBA season. Coming into this game with a record of 19-22 through the first 41 games of the season, the Mavs are not where they want to be, tied for 13th in the West. Luka Dončić and company have shown promise of being a playoff team over their first 41 games, proving that they can compete with the best in the league, but turnovers and inconsistency have led to the sub .500 record.
There are several reasons why getting a win in Denver last night would have been a big deal.
- The Lakers, Clippers, and Grizzlies had all lost so the Western Conference rankings were ready to climb
- The Mavericks had lost 2 very winnable games against the Suns & Kings
- This would be the 2nd time this season that the Mavericks would beat a #1 seed team in the west.
- This was the beginning of a 4-game Western Conference road trip.
One of my more favorite Rick Carlisle-isms is, “Stay ready”. It’s something that he has preached to each of his Mavericks teams over the past decade. It comes up most often on the nights when a bench player, who hasn’t been seen too much of late, is thrown into 30+ minute situations out of the blue. It was a situation like last night. Jalen Brunson has shown that he can step up when needed. He has shown that stays ready.
There were plenty of storylines converging heading into Sunday night’s game versus the Clippers in Dallas.
5 Takeaways from the Dallas Mavericks 103-114 loss to LeBron and the Lakers in Los Angeles Friday night.