Mavs' O.J. Isn't Beating The 'Whales'

As always we are charmed and amused by a 1-on-1 visit with O.J. Mayo in which he discusses whale-watching. 'Some big animals!' he says. At the same time, we are charting Mayo's struggles when the Mavs play against the 'whales' of the NBA. These numbers will not charm or amuse you.

So, O.J. Mayo, what did you do during your All-Star Break?

"I watched some whales,'' Mayo tells (You can hear our full three-minute visit here.) "I did a little whale watching in Cabo. ... Just watched em. It was nice, a great experience. You may see turtles or jellyfish, everywhere you look, jumping around. It was a great experience. Some big animals.''
In Sunday's Dallas Mavericks loss to the Lakers, Mayo finished with eight points, 2-of-9 field goals, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and three turnovers.

Needless to say, finding a win becomes exponentially more difficult when Mayo totals more turnovers than made field goals.

In three games against the Lakers this season, Mayo is now averaging 11 points, 29.7 field-goal percentage, 25.0 3-point percentage, and 2.3 turnovers.

The Mavs are 1-2 in those games.

This season, in games where Mayo has converted at or under 40 percent of his field-goal attempts, the Mavs are 5-18.

Now, the Lakers haven't proven to be among the elite of the West (record-wise), his play in that high-profile game brings attention to a worrisome trend: Mayo's struggles against very good teams.

*Three games against San Antonio: 9.7 points, 37.8 FG%, 0-of-10 3-pointers, 4.5 assists, 3.3 turnovers

*Three games against Oklahoma City: 10.0 points, 33.3 FG%, 16.7 3PT%, 6.0 assists, 4.7 turnovers

*Two games against the Clippers: 14.0 points, 37.0 FG%, 10.0 3PT%, 5.0 assists, 2.5 turnovers

*Two games against Memphis: 10.5 points, 38.8 FG%, 50.0 3PT%, 4.0 assists, 3.0 turnovers

Against the best in the Western Conference, Mayo -- struggling to be a 11-points-a-game guy -- needs to improve. Other than his 3-point percentage against Memphis, those are some ugly numbers.

In other words, now that he's done watching the whales, he needs to start playing well against some of them.

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