Dallas Mavericks 103, San Antonio Spurs 94: Where we see that Tony Parker can have a bad game
AT&T CENTER — If Wednesday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves was the ugliest game of the season, Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks was the slightly better looking sister who shut you down. Not as ugly, but way more stuck-up. DefinitelyÂ not a night you would brag to your friends about.
San Antonio’s 12-game winning streak finally came to an end at the hands of the rival Dallas Mavericks.Â In some early-season evidence that the Spurs can have an off-night offensively, San Antonio got only 13 assists on 31 field goals. The Mavs assisted 28 of their 39 field goals.
“I think it was mostly lack of ball movement,” Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich said after the game. “Just not being very sharp tonight.”
The Spurs struggled to move the ball well in the loss to the Mavericks, often forcing contested shots off just one or two passes. Swinging the ball from one side of the floor to the other and opening up the defense was not on the agenda.
Credit goes to the Mavs defense, though. Dallas did a great job rotating on defense and getting hands in sight lines and passing lanes. The Mavericks were tough on denying the ball to players who were just one pass away, forcing Spurs players to either attempt cross-court skip passes or try to make something out of nothing. Oftentimes, the result was nothing.
“We didnâ€™t take care of the ball very good and it cost us,” George Hill said.
Dallas forced the Spurs into 18 turnovers and allowed the silver and black to shoot only 36.8% from the 3-point line. Although, if you take away Manu Ginobili’s 4-8 from behind the arc, the Spurs were just 3-11 from 3.
“We had too many guys that were basically out to lunch tonight,” Coach Pop said. “So as a group, we didn’t execute very well on either end of the floor.”
Perhaps the night’s biggest disappointment was Tony Parker. TP came into Friday’s game averaging 19.4 points and 7.7 assists per game. But against the Dallas defense, which cut off driving lanes and didn’t allow easy layups, Parker got just nine points and one assist.
I remember the days when it was the Spurs playing tough defense inside and grinding out wins against the offensively-elite Mavs. San Antonio would bully the Mavs inside and execute down the stretch.
Back in 2010, it was Dallas doing the bullying and executing.Â These days, it seems the Mavs and Spurs have done a role reversal. San Antonio is the offensive team and Dallas is the club doing the scrapping on the defensive end.
“I think they were a bit hungry and a bit more competitive than we were tonight,” Coach Pop said.
Let’s hope we don’t get that quote from Pop very often this season.