The Mavs have now dropped three games in a row for the first time this season and things aren’t looking good. Dallas is 11-11 through their last twenty two games and if this team doesn’t turn it around soon, we can all expect another first round exit from the playoffs.
This Mavs team has become stale. Players seem like they are going through the motions, and there have been events that just make you want to scratch your head. Example, why has there been two games in the last week where Dirk doesn’t take a shot in the 4th quarter? How can you justify your best player not getting the ball down the stretch? That is inexcusable. Whether it’s the players or the coaches, that problem needs to be solved.
Then, you get this quote from Mark Cuban who was interviewed by Gina Miller on TXA 21, “I think we are just in the time of year where guys get bored, got to get re-energized. I think we've taken who we are for granted in some respects and that we can turn it on and just beat people.” First of all, why is your team getting bored? What have they accomplished? The Mavs aren’t defending champions, your team isn’t blowing other teams out, so why are they bored? The Lakers can be bored, but the Mavs? They haven’t done a damn thing. This is one of the most ridiculous quotes I have ever seen from Cuban. Secondly, I am surprised that someone like Cuban, who is so caught up in selling tickets, would say his team is bored. That will sure get me out to the arena.
I think this group realizes something has to be done if they want a realistic chance at making a run at the NBA Finals. The team and the fans have all seen what this core group is about. They will go out and win 50 games and be eliminated in the first or second round. That is it. I don’t understand how Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson sit there and actually think this year will be different from the rest? MAKE A MOVE MARK!!! This is basically the same team as last year. Replace last year’s Josh with Shawn Marion this year, and this year’s Josh is playing like last year’s Antoine Wright, so everything you did in the offseason was a push. Why can’t you see this?
When you bring back basically the same team year after year after year, they are bound to get stale unless you shake it up a little bit. Dirk has needed a second option on offense for YEARS and Cuban has yet to bring someone in to help him out. No, don’t tell me Jason Terry either. A title will never come to this city if you never bring in a legit second option or a big man who can control the paint. It isn’t going to happen!
This team and organization is so damn frustrating right now. All the fans see that something must be done, but nothing ever gets done. If Josh isn’t shipped out by the trade deadline, it will be just another wasted year for Dirk Nowitzki. I’m not even going to get into how embarrassing it is that J.J. Barea is your backup point guard. I’m already angry enough as is.