What’s been more surprising: all the twisting layups made by Baron Davis, Jason Richardson and Co. or all the wide-open jumpers clanked by Dirk, Jet and friends? Avery has talked about his boys missing layups throughout the series. I didn’t know his definition of layups was so liberal.
“When you think about Jet and Dirk, especially shooting wide-open shots, we consider those layups,” General said. “That’s not an arrogant statement. When I say layups, it’s not just the ones inside. It’s those 15-16 footers that are wide open.”
The Mavs are shooting just 40.7 percent in the series, down from 46.7 percent during the regular season. A 50-percent shooter this season, Dirk is at 38.3 percent in the three games and has missed all five 3-pointers. Terry has shot just 40 percent (10 of 25) in the two losses, and is 4 of 17 (23.5 percent) beyond the arc.
Jerry Stackhouse is at 25 percent. Harris and Josh Howard, both at 47 percent, are the only two regular scorers shooting with any level of consistency.
“It’s been weird,” Dirk admitted. “We haven’t made a nice little run together. I don’t know. It seems like guys get on in different stretches, but we haven’t played well together as a team. I don’t know what it is.”
Jet hasn’t ripped off one of those stretches when four or five straight jumpers go down. Dirk hasn’t wowed the crowd with one of those fade-away displays. Stack is still searching for that corner 3-pointer groove.
“We should just be [ticked] off because we’re not playing at the level we want to be playing at,” Stack said. “Everybody’s got to look in the mirror and say, ‘I’ve got to pick it up.’”