After dominating the Denver Nuggets without Nikola Jokic on Friday, the Dallas Mavericks suffered a heartbreaking setback to the Colorado team on Sunday night. Making matters worse for Luka Doncic and the company, it draws attention to what is fast turning into a worrying pattern for the group.
Dedicated Mavs supporters are fully aware of the fact that Dallas consistently loses to opponents who are without their best players.
The squad has experienced this three times prior to the loss against the Nuggets, making it the most recent instance. Since the Mavs have suffered seven losses thus far, more than half of those defeats should have been avoidable.
They were defeated by the New Orleans Pelicans, who were playing without Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson, 113-111, in their third game of the year. Then, a week ago, they lost consecutive games to the Washington Wizards and the Orlando Magic. While Washington played without Kristaps Porzingis and Bradley Beal at the time, Orlando was without Paolo Banchero.
That is definitely not a habit Luka Doncic and the Mavs should get into. If they had won those extremely winnable games, they could have easily been in first place in the West right now. However, they are now in the center of the standings and are making every effort to make the playoffs.
Dallas has a solid opportunity to advance this 2022–2023 season. But they can’t expect to go the distance and outperform their West Finals run from the previous season until they address their problems against “weaker” teams.