The Dallas Mavericks are playing poorly, again.
And maybe the fact that Dirk Nowitzki just experienced maybe his poorest game ever is the reason why.
The 14-29 Mavs play host to the 16-31 Los Angeles Lakers today at 2:30 p.m. at the AAC, and Nowitzki is the lead story as he’s coming off the worst 25-minute performance of his career. In Friday’s OT loss to the Jazz, Nowitzki scored just three points on 1-of-13 shots.
“At this stage,'' Dirk said on Friday, referencing his sore Achilles, "I’m fighting my way back still from injury.''
While Dirk tries to get healthy, J.J. Barea is sidelined again (apparently for a matter of weeks) after straining his left calf. That puts him in street clothes alongside center Andrew Bogut today, meaning Dirk again starts at center. Dallas will likely go fully committed to SmallBall again today with Seth Curry as a first-teamer. Seth’s been a success, especially in the last three games, as he’s averaged 16 points and shot 18-of-29 from the floor, including 8-of-13 on 3-pointers.
Did you know that there’s a Curry brother in the top 20 in 3 point shooting percentage?
Of course you knew that. It’s been the natural order for a few years now.
What you probably didn’t know is that it’s Seth—and not Steph—who’s currently shooting a higher percentage from behind the arc.
Seth is hitting 1.7 of his 4 attempts per game (a rate of 41.6%) which puts him at 16th in the NBA.
Steph is 34th with a rate of 39.7%.
That doesn’t mean that I think Seth has eclipsed his brother by any stretch—but I do think it’s a great sign for a young player trying to find his niche in the NBA.
Seth may not be on the same level has his two-time MVP brother—but he’s more than proven that he belongs in the NBA. Whether that means he becomes a 3-point specialist, or finds a way to round out his game, is still the big question-mark.
While Dallas has lost two straight, the Lakers had lost five consecutive games before a Friday win over the Pacers. The Lakers -- 0-2 against the Mavs this year -- will try to win today without D’Angelo Russell, but should have Larry Nance Jr. back, can rely on Lou Williams (27 points off the bench Friday) and has promise in DFW native Julius Randle, who averages 13.3 points and a team-high 8.5 rebounds a game.