Nets vs Mavericks: Dallas take advantage of Irving and Durant’s absence

The Dallas Mavericks took advantage of the addition by subtraction. Kristaps Porzingis made his return for Nets vs Mavericks, while Kyrie Irving joined Kevin Durant on the injury list. Leaving just one All-Star for Brooklyn, the Mavericks used 27 points from Luka Doncic and 18 points from Porzingis to end an eight-game winning streak with a 115-98 win on Saturday night. 

The main headlines for Nets vs Mavericks

Harden led the Nets with 29 points playing as the solo All-Star. Durant missed his seventh straight game with a hamstring injury, while Irving was sidelined for injury maintenance. Their absence was greatly missed as the Nets couldn’t keep up with their international superstars. In the end, missing Durant and Irving was a loss of 56 points per game from the top-rated offense. 

Poor second half

  • Out of the 29 points that Harden scored, he could only muster up four points in the second half. 
  • The Nets entered the game with the highest-rated offense for points per game but finished with only 34 points in the second half alone. 
  • Missing Durant and Irving made the Nets lackluster as the team trailed by as much as 38-26 after the opening quarter. 

Special Player

  • With Porzingis out the last three games with lower back tightness, Doncic has been leading the Mavericks back into playoff contention. 
  • The Mavericks led by four points at halftime, thanks to 15 points in the first quarter alone by Doncic. 
  • After the game, Harden called Doncic a “special one,” as he was amazed at the near-22-year-old’s abilities. 

The fourth-quarter letdown in Knicks vs Mavericks

  • Harden cited that he didn’t have enough legs to keep the Mavericks from pulling away. 
  • Dallas led by as much as 91-76 and 106-84, which included 12 straight points from the Mavericks in the fourth quarter. 
  • Non-regulars such as Chris Chiozza (15 minutes), Andre Roberson (20 minutes), and Landry Shamet (27 minutes) were used due to the lack of depth. 

Nets vs Mavericks game analysis & commentary

Doncic finished the game with 27 points, seven assists, and six rebounds. He turns 22 on Sunday. It was the latest game ever for the Nets as the game didn’t start until 8:30. 

Lack of depth key issue in Nets vs Mavericks

When it comes playoff time and both Durant and Irving are healthy, then nobody is going to think too much of this loss. We all know that the Nets lack bench depth and rely on their big three to play big minutes. While the Nets have been playing well without Durant, the team can’t afford to lose two key pieces. 

Lack of depth, not a bad thing either

On the flip side, seeing Shamet play well these recent seven games is huge for the Nets. Shamet can shoot from outside and can be a regular in the rotation. Playing more minutes has been a blessing for the second-year player. 

Looking ahead

The Nets take on the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, a team that has defeated them 17 straight times. 

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