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Defensive woes continue for Dallas Mavericks despite Luka Doncic's historic performance

Posted : 06 March 2024

The Dallas Mavericks suffered a disappointing 137-120 home loss to the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night, highlighting an alarming pattern for the team.


Despite Luka Doncic's remarkable triple-double performance, where he recorded 39 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists, the Mavericks' deficient defense overshadowed his efforts.


In the last three games, Doncic achieved a historic feat, joining the ranks of Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook with consecutive 35-point triple-doubles, yet the team failed to secure a victory during this stretch.


Despite Doncic's exceptional individual performances, the Mavericks find themselves in a slump, losing five of their last six games.


The team's overall record stands at 34-28, placing them eighth in the competitive Western Conference, just half a game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers. Doncic expressed his focus on winning rather than personal achievements, emphasizing the team's need to address their current challenges.


The primary concern for Dallas lies in their defensive struggles, ranking last in efficiency since the All-Star break, conceding an alarming 126.0 points per 100 possessions over the last seven games. Coach Jason Kidd acknowledged the need for adjustments, considering potential changes to the starting lineup and rotation.


Despite the team's recent struggles, Kidd remains optimistic, viewing this period as a crucial test that will ultimately strengthen the Mavericks for the challenges ahead.


While Doncic has exhibited improvement defensively throughout the season, his recent offensive exploits have coincided with defensive lapses, contributing to the team's woes.


Kidd emphasized the need for collective effort to support Doncic on both ends of the court, recognizing the star player's significant offensive role. The Mavericks aim to find solutions to their defensive issues, aware that overcoming this hurdle is essential for a successful postseason push.


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