Sunday, July 14, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Bobcats 86, Mavs 80 (summer league)
By Bryan Gutierrez
LAS VEGAS -- The Dallas Mavericks suffered their first defeat of the Las Vegas Summer League at the hands of the Charlotte Bobcats, 86-80. Off the bench, Justin Dentmon led the Mavs in the losing effort with 18 points.
How it happened: The Mavs struggled to get their jumper going to start the game. They missed seven of their first eight shots and fell into an early seven-point hole. The shooting didn't really get any better as they found themselves in another 14-point hole with less than two minutes in the first quarter. They ended up shooting 4-of-18 in the first quarter.
Dallas fell behind by as many as 25 points in the game. The Mavs made a solid push in the second half to get within six points with less than six minutes left, but their comeback effort fell short.
Whether it was tired legs or a bad shooting night, it was tough sledding for the Mavs from the perimeter as they ended up missing their first 11 shots from long range. They ended the game 8-of-28 from 3-point range.
An hour before tip-off, it was announced that second-year center Bernard James would miss the game because of illness. That certainly put the Mavs in a bind with the Bobcats' size. Charlotte's first-round pick Cody Zeller was able to have his way with rebounds as Dallas didn't have its man in the middle. He finished with a double-double with game-highs of 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Jae Crowder continued to struggle with his long-range shooting. By going 2-of-7 against Charlotte, he's now 3-of-13 from 3-point range in two summer league games.
Josh Akognon talked about the gift and the curse when it came to shooting after the team's first game. He missed his first four shots but ended up going 6-of-14 from the field to end with 16 points.
What it means: By splitting the first two games, Dallas is in mediocre shape in the preliminary stages of the league in Vegas. After the first round, the top 10 teams will receive a first-round bye in the new tournament format that crowns a champion in Vegas. Dallas' final game in the first stage will be Tuesday against the NBA D-League Select squad.
Mavs player of the game:Gal Mekel had to work harder in Game 2, but he continued to show that he has the ability to control the game from the point guard position. He has been consistent as a floor general for the Mavs in both games. The coaching staff won't like the turnovers, but he's still adjusting to the different skill level that the NBA game presents.
Stat of the night: The Mavs certainly made things harder for themselves as they tried to come back by committing a lot of careless turnovers. Their 20 turnovers led to 22 Bobcats points.