Last night the Mavericks played the Lakers and any other night, against any other team, you would have to believe they would have pulled this one off. The Mavs had 6 players in double figures. Eric Dampier had a double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds, which accented Jason Kidd with his tripple-double - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assist.
So what went wrong?
For starters, following a 60 point 1st half scoring output with a 39 point second half is eye popping. More importantly the Mav leading scorer had a horrible night, in the worst way. Most times great scorers find a way to get the ball in the bucket, or should I say, at least get to 18-20 points. Even if that not the case, the great leaders know how to take over in those closing moments of games to put opponents away, especially when they talk about their team lacking "fire".
If your oblivious to the player I'm referring to, its Dirk Nowitzki, who put up 6th-man numbers in his 37 minutes of playing time - 14 pts on 5-17 shooting(29%), 8 reb, 1 ast, & 2 blk. Seemed like the only one who lacked "fire" last night was Dirk. The Mavs organization has been adding and subracting players around Nowitzki for 10 year now. It seems as if he may be the rotten apple in the bunch. Against the Cavaliers Dirk only scorede 8 point on 3 of 11 shooting. I think Dirk's happiness if gaged by his touches and field goal attempts. Nonetheless, there is a serious chemical imbalance on this Mavericks squad - Coach Carlisle may not be araound for long, because we all know that Dirk is Mavs owner Mark Cuban's "Cash Cow".