Monday, April 16, 2012
3-pointer: No time to wallow in Lakers loss
By Jeff Caplan
LOS ANGELES -- The second question asked of Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle following Sunday's 112-108 overtime loss against a Lakers team playing without Kobe Bryant went something like this:
Does it sting a little more to have lost to the Lakers with Kobe sitting on the bench in a suit?
Carlisle took a second before answering and then said: "Next question."
The Mavs know they let a great opportunity get away. Not only did they fail to pick up another needed road win, they could not match their longest win streak of four since the All-Star break. In fact, the Lakers have now been responsible for ending four Dallas hot streaks.
A mid-January visit to L.A. snapped a five-game win streak even though Bryant had just 14 points on 7-of-22 shooting. Leading up to the All-Star break, the Mavs had won seven of eight games until the Lakers and newcomer Ramon Sessions sent them into the break with a 96-91 home loss. Then it was a four-game win streak the Lakers busted up just as Dallas started to feel good about itself again following that ugly 2-7 stint out of the All-Star break.
And on Sunday in L.A., the Mavs had their modest three-game win streak snapped despite leading by 10 in the second quarter and 87-81 with 6:51 to play.
"I mean it’s disappointing because we were in control and we had a chance to put them away, but we just kept letting them back in the game," Shawn Marion said. "We were up by 10. Once you get them up by 10, you’re supposed to go ahead and stick it to them. They went on a 7-0 run right back on us. I think it was a close game here on out. It happens. The thing is right now we could sit here and harp on the game, it is what it is, but we’re trying to stack W's."
That quest continues tonight at Utah, a team desperate to win to stay on the fringe of the playoff race. With that said, here's three more things to consider:
1. Can Kidd go two?: Jason Kidd played 33 minutes at Golden State in his second game back from a strained groin and sat out Friday's game at Portland. Against the Lakers on Sunday, he played a season-high 39 hard minutes, finishing with 13 points (5-7 FGs, 3-4 3FGs), seven assists, three rebounds and one turnover. His previous high was 35 minutes, which he's hit just three times. Now, Kidd must come back in back-to-back nights in another must-have ballgame.
"We'll see how I feel," Kidd said. "Right now I feel good, so I would hope that I get to play tomorrow."
2. Road woes mount: After consecutive road wins against depleted teams, the Mavs dropped to 13-17 on the road and 0-8 on the road against teams that currently own a .600-or-better winning percentage this season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Dallas is one of seven teams in the league that do not have a road win against .600-or-better teams, joining Washington (0-4), Philadelphia (0-5), Detroit (0-6), Toronto (0-6), Charlotte (0-8) and New Orleans (0-9).
3. Jason Terry sizzling from deep: He didn't get the potential game-tying bucket to go in the final moments of overtime, but Terry was pretty good with the long ball against the Lakers, knocking down 5-of-6 from 3-point range, the first time he's reached that threshold since Jan. 4 against Phoenix. In his last six games, Terry has buried 19-of-39 (48.7 percent) from beyond the arc, and that includes off 2-of-8 Friday at Portland.