What Went Wrong for the Mavericks in Game 1? Let's Start With the Non-Starters

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On Mother's Day, the Mavericks' reserves combined to score 86 points.

In Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Mavs' entire team managed only 84.

Granted the Miami Heat are a bitch defensively. They are quick and fast and long and they did a fantastic job of chasing the Mavericks off the 3-point line in Game 1. Remember all those wide-open 3-pointers against the Lakers in the West Semis? Forget it.

Nonetheless, Dallas' bench has to be better if it hopes to win Game 2 tomorrow night in Miami and make this a series.

Last night the Heat's subs actually outscored Dallas' by 10. You don't expect three 3-pointers by Miami's Mario Chalmers any more than you could foresee Jason Terry going scoreless in the second half.

Said Terry after the loss, "Offensively, that was a disaster for us."

But with Caron Butler not coming back this season, Peja Stojakovic has to make a shot or two. Terry can't miss 7 of 10 shots. And J.J. Barea has to finish at the rim instead of going 1 of 8.

One of the reasons I picked the Mavs is because of their superior bench. After going only 4 of 18 in Game 1, that edge has yet to show up to the NBA Finals.

The Mavs can't surrender 16 offensive rebounds. The Heat can't continue to make 11-of-24 3-pointers. But more importantly, Terry -- Dallas' second-best player -- has to score and the Mavs must produce a scoring edge from its bench.

Or else.

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P1Steven
P1Steven

Mavs are a few open looks that rimmed out & a few more defensive rebounds away from winning.

Info
Info

Not that it means much, but I saw Brendan Heywood W-I-D-E open off pick/roll twice in the first half. First Kidd and then JJ Barea didn't find him 2 feet from the hole with no one around him. These would have been easy slam dunks. Not a big deal by itself, but together with a few missed open jumpers that stuff starts to stack up against you. Still, no need to panic. Even if they come home 0-2 its all good, unless of course they drop a home game. THEN we can start panicking. 

Scott
Scott

Calm down, If everyone hold home court...the Mavs should win the series

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Ummm, you know it's not best of 5, right?

TVWOP
TVWOP

who cares!  its baseball season.

Mishon
Mishon

It's crazy how 1 game changes the mood of this town. Yesterday everyone was happy...today everyone is panicing and wants to jump off a bridge. It's 1 game people. Now if the Mavs lose game 2...we need to worry a little bit.

Also, to those who think Dallas fans are whiny and make excuses...go to any sports city. It happens everywhere.

just sayin'
just sayin'

Jason Terry's inability to make a shot killed them last night.

Abc
Abc

Jason Terry, JJ, Peja, hell even Dirk missed shots he usually makes.  One thing that nobody seems to acknowledge is how many layups the Mavs missed.  I swear there were about 20 (with about 1/2 of them being 'and 1' opportunities).  The Mavs played shot awful in game 1; that's not going to happen again.

Storm_71
Storm_71

Let me first say that I was not able to watch the whole game due to a sick kiddo. But from what I saw the Mav's where getting some open 3's they just did not make them. I know I saw AT LEAST two open looks from Terry and Peja in teh first half alone. That being said again maybe things changed in the second half that I did not see.

Also I was wondering why the Mav's did not go right at James more in teh first half he had two fouls early. Maybe that would not have made much differance but the more James fouls teh better right?

'the'
'the'

Dude, I'm really not that hard to spell. Trust me...I'm not.

Storm_71
Storm_71

I know sorry 'the' I type fast and my edit button does not work.

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