The Dallas Mavericks win 112-103 at Golden State Warriors. The Mavericks were up by 19 late in the first half but inexplicably let up on the gas like they've done many times this year. The half ended with the Warriors down by 14. The sudden Golden State resurgence at the end of a half left me uneasy because I've seen such momentum carry over to the third quarter. Sure enough the Warriors came out firing and the Mavericks looked confused. Golden State whittled the lead down till the score was 99-88 early in the fourth quarter. The Mavericks finally get it together and fight and claw their way to a win. This was an important game on a lot of levels: first of a four game road trip with two back to backs, playoffs approaching. The Mavericks need to stack up wins and get the best seeding possible. This team needs to settle down and start producing consistently.
So who was the stud of the game?
The natural thing is to say Nowitzki with 27 points, of course, and I would normally agree with you. Dirk is the stud of a game 90 percent of the time. I would ride him all the way to a championship, which I did--last year! But there's got to be more to the game than just points. Good and bad play need to be rewarded or penalized. Scoring, missed shots, assists, defense and intangibles need to be noted. Big plays hide subtleties of the game. Did Dirk's 27 points win the game or did it just keep them in the game? Did Jason Terry's late 3-pointer help win the game, or did his misses and turnovers put them down to begin with? Lot of questions here. Let's come up with some answers.
I have an informal formula that rates individual performance using stats on a recap sheet. A score of +10 (or better) is what I'm looking for. Play under 20 minutes is less meaningful so I eliminate these players. Low minute guys are generally role players or not doing so hot. This is what I came up with for the Mavericks and Warriors game.
Shawn Marion +16
Jason Kidd +26
Jason Terry +8
Vince Carter +6
Brandan Wright +19
Roddy Beaubois +7
Couple of Golden State Warriors, David Lee +13 and Klay Thompson +20. The Warriors are really streaky and dangerous. They don't give up.
With all due respect, Dirk Nowitzki was a dud in this game. Jason Kidd was the stud. Brandan Wright and Shawn Marion were studly right along with Kidd. Watching the game you might not realize everything Jason Kidd gives to the team but this old guy has still got it. It'll be fun to watch the next game and refine my formula. So far I like it a lot.
Gerald has been a fan of the Dallas Mavericks since the mid 80s. He stuck with them through some bad years. He'll certainly stick with them now.
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