Maybe the Mavericks could just tip their cap to the Golden State point guard after the Warriors’ 105-101 overtime win Monday, but this continues a troubling trend.
Collison, who was spectacular during the Mavs’ 4-1 start, has had too many terrible shooting nights during this stretch of five losses in seven games. And opposing point guards have had too many big games at his expense.
This loss represented a low point for Collison. He scored seven points on 2-of-11 shooting and had as many turnovers as assists (five). Meanwhile, Curry carved up the Mavs for 31 points and nine assists, with 20 points and four assists coming in the fourth quarter and overtime.
It’s close to impossible for the Mavs to win with Collison losing his individual matchup in such lopsided fashion.
“Right now, he’s our starting point guard,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “I know he can play better. I know he’s frustrated with how things are going. Right now, I’ve just got to help him get better. When players struggle, it’s on the coach. I don’t dodge that responsibility.”
Collison, who is as approachable as any of the Mavericks, uncharacteristically dodged the media after the loss. He had dressed and left the locker room by the time Carlisle’s press conference had ended, leaving teammates to answer for him.
“We couldn’t guard (Curry),” forward Shawn Marion said. “He was splitting everything. We were supposed to be trapping him and it was nonexistent. He was able to do anything and everything he wanted to do on the floor.”
1. Rebounding ridiculousness: As far as Carlisle was concerned, one stat summed up this game: 62-43. That was Golden State’s rebounding advantage.
Carlisle was so perturbed after one of the Warriors’ 19 offensive rebounds that he mule-kicked the scorers’ table hard enough to make the fans sitting behind it flinch. He was still rather angry after the game.
“Nobody’s focusing on rebounding here,” Carlisle said after a couple of questions after clutch jumpers the Mavs missed. “That’s the whole game. ... That’s the root of a lot of our problems. You can focus on plays at the end of the game and who shot it and whether the ball went in, but this is possession of the ball that’s hurting us.”
This isn’t a problem that just popped up for the Mavs. It’s been an issue all season. Golden State dominated the Mavs on the glass despite Dallas center Chris Kaman’s 17 rebounds, with Warriors forwards David Lee and Harrison Barnes grabbing 19 and 12 rebounds, respectively.
“They were tougher,” Carlisle said. “If you want to look for one thing that was kind of the story of the game, they played a very tough game and we just didn’t match it.”
Marion only got one rebound, a stunning stat considering that he led the Mavs with 7.8 rebounds per game entering the night.
How can the Mavs fix their rebounding woes?
“I really don’t know,” Marion said. “I take full responsibility on myself not at least getting almost 10. Other than that, I can’t control anything else.”
2. Roddy B. riding pine: For the second consecutive game, Dominique Jones got all the backup point guard minutes. After getting a DNP-CD in Cleveland, Rodrigue Beaubois played only 6:41 against the Warriors, all at shooting guard, with a missed shot the only stat he recorded.
“I’ve been really concerned about his health, to be completely frank,” Carlisle said of Beaubois before the game, referring to a left ankle that has been sprained twice since the beginning of preseason. “He’s the kind of guy that if he’s 5 percent off in his athleticism and quickness, it’s going to affect his game and the guys around him.”
3. Big numbers for big man: Kaman recorded his first double-double since arriving in Dallas, scoring 18 points and grabbing 17 rebounds, his most boards in a game since 2008. However, Kaman wasn’t in any mood to discuss his performance after the loss. He quickly dressed and left the locker room with his shoes in hand, marching past the media with no reporter willing to take a charge.