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|This game really showed how far the Mavs are from contention. The Clippers have built a championship roster. They come at you in so many ways. Offensiviely and defensively. Very impressive team. Enough about them. Lets talk Mavs.
Luka- This may of been his worst game of the season, outside the Denver game. The Clippers were physical with him as soon as he came across midcourt. He was 0 for 8 on threes. All of those 3 were tightly contested too. I think his 3 point game is what gets him going, if he's struggling there then look out. All that physical play sent him to the free line a ton, but it also took a lot out of him. Not to mention running a second defender at him. I think we'll see teams try to guard Luka this way in the future. That's where we need our 2nd superstar to step up.
KP- We've all realized he is just a 7'3" outside shooter. He is not a guy that can post up, drive around a defender, or create on his own. He is a catch and shoot guy only. Mix in lobs and put backs, that's what he is. He cannot takeover a game when Luka is off like last night. This wont be enough to get us to championship contention. We need a 2nd scorer who can create and score.
Powell- I hope he is still hurt or rounding into shape. He looked horrible last night. Bad passes, fumbling and falling over. It was ugly. He is not starter material for this team. Our hole is the 5 spot right now. Powell offers no rebounding, no help side defense, he cant guard the stronger inside guys. He and KP are too small to bang with the big boys. We need a bully on the inside or this team will get manhandled come playoff time.
Barea- So is he our little spark plug when the team needs a boost? Barea comes in and scores, great. But he is a horrible fit next to Luka. JJB has always been and always will be a blackhole when gets the ball. He over dribbles, doesn't look to pass, and takes his own shots. It completely takes Luka out of the game. I'm ok with JJ coming off the bench for 10 minutes but he should spend 0 minutes with Luka.
Brunson- What is going on with him? He's had a few good games, but he's lost out there for most of the year. He doesn't fit in the starting group with Luka, so his role on this team is on the bench. When he comes in he shares the floor with Wright and Curry. Two other small guards. Either he is not comfortable with his role, or something else is going on. I think he is a prime trade candidate to be added on to someone like Powell, Lee, or Hardaway Jr. come trade deadline.
When Hardaway Jr. starts, this bench is exposed. We have no one who can score consistently. Having Brunson on the court with Curry and Wright is atrocious. This would have been a good game for Jackson to get minutes.
My take from this game is much like a lot of others. This team will need an upgrade or two before we go anywhere. We have a superstar in Luka and then a nice piece in KP. Then we have the rest who are all role players on decent teams. We need to combine a few of these guys and round out this team.